Suspect Charged With Fraud, Carjacking

A Willow Spring man was arrested after he allegedly tried to carjack a student from South Johnston High School after school on Monday.

The incident happened at a convenience store on Highway 50 near McGee’s Crossroads.

Authorities said it all began when 33 year-old Joshua Dean Parker allegedly asked a person for change for a $20 bill. The victim realized the $20 bill was fake and called Johnston County deputies to respond to the scene.

When officers arrived they reportedly spotted Parker across the street at another business.  Parker allegedly saw the officer and forced his way into a car in the parking lot the student was operating.  At gunpoint, the deputy was able to remove Parker from the back seat of the vehicle. The student was not injured.

Parker was charged with felony breaking and entering a motor vehicle, obtaining property by false pretenses, possession of a counterfeit instrument, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

After being detained, Parker allegedly apologized to a deputy for his actions.

He was transported to the Johnston County Jail and held under a $30,000 bond.