Witness describes how he helped catch alleged carjacking suspect

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - An incident that began Thursday morning ended at the PDQ Market when some good Samaritans stepped in.

Joel Searcy, 31, was arrested Thursday on New Circle Road. He's accused of taking a woman and her four children on a drive against their will, and then trying to carjack another man.

When police got to the scene, two people were outside holding Searcy down. One of those men, Josh Taylor, says he was pulling into the gas station when his girlfriend noticed something wasn't right.

An elderly man was lying on the ground next to his car. Taylor says that's when Searcy took off running. He says what happened next was pure instinct.

"That's when I backed my car up and reversed around traffic, got out of the car, ran and we all got him down in the yard," says Josh Taylor. "We subdued him there until police got there. After seeing the man on the ground, you know, you think they could be your grandparent or something. It's just a reaction people have in them, you know?"

Taylor says that Searcy told him he was running because "people were trying to kill him." Police say Searcy admitted to taking crystal meth prior to the incident.

Searcy is scheduled to be arraigned at 1:00 Friday afternoon. His charges include five counts of first degree unlawful imprisonment, second degree robbery and leaving the scene of an accident.


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