A Baltimore man was found guilty of carjacking and other charges by a Carroll County Circuit Court jury on Wednesday.
Clifton Pope, 46, underwent a two-day trial before Judge Michael Galloway after being accused of forcibly carjacking a teenager during an Aug. 29, 2017, incident in Eldersburg.
He was found guilty of one count each of carjacking, robbery/attempted robbery, second-degree assault, theft between $1,000 and $10,000 and unlawful taking of a motor vehicle.
A date for sentencing had not yet been set as of 5 p.m. Wednesday.
Unarmed carjacking is a felony offense with a maximum sentence of 30 years incarceration according to Maryland sentencing guidelines.
According to a news release from the Carroll County State’s Attorney’s Office, Pope stole items from Walmart at 6400 Ridge Road, but was then abandoned by another individual when a store employee confronted him about the theft.
Now stranded, he approached two individuals in the 1800 block of Fallstaff Court and forcibly took possession of a teenage girl’s Honda Pilot.
The two were able to prevent him from leaving the scene in the vehicle. Unable to drive away, he fled and was subsequently apprehended by the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office.
According to the release, State’s Attorney Brian DeLeonardo gives special thanks to Detective Ashley Owens and the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office for their successful investigation and to Deputy State’s Attorney Edward J. Coyne, who prosecuted the case.