Man pleads guilty to attempted armed carjacking of Laurel pastor
By By Luke Lavoie and email@example.com
Feb 26, 2013 at 4:40 PM
A Laurel man who unsuccessfully attempted to carjack a North Laurel pastor at gunpoint, after police say the pastor grabbed his gun, pleaded guilty in Howard County Circuit Court on Tuesday, according to State's attorney spokesman Wayne Kirwan.
James Holmead Johnston, 27, of the 9800 block of Robinson Boulevard, pleaded guilty to armed carjacking and the use of a handgun in the commission of a crime, Kirwan said.
According to the charging documents, Johnston asked the pastor of a North Laurel church for a ride on Aug. 20, 2012.
During the ride, Johnston brandished a .38-caliber revolver and demanded $300 from the pastor. As Johnston climbed into the driver's seat, the pastor struggled with him to gain control of the gun, Kirwan said.
When Johnston approached the pastor "begging" for the gun back, the pastor discarged the weapon into the ground, forcing Johnston to flea, Kirwan said.