Jackson, MS – A 17 year old has confessed to carjacking a Lyft driver on Tuesday, shooting her multiple times, and leaving her in the woods to die.
The incident occurred on Nov. 2 after 36-year-old Brandy Littrell picked up a passenger for Lyft from the Spring Lake Apartments in Byram, WAPT reported.
Jackson Police Department Deputy Chief Deric Hearn identified the Lyft passenger as 17-year-old Dontarius Magee.
Deputy Chief Hearn said that Littrell delivered Magee to an apartment complex off of McWillie Circle, WAPT reported.
That was when Magee pulled out a gun and carjacked the unsuspecting driver.
Deputy Chief Hearn said that Magee kidnapped Littrell at gun point and carjacked her black Dodge Journey, WAPT reported.
“He wanted my PIN number to my phone, my debit cards, and wanted to know how much money I had in the bank, and wanted to know what was in my house,” Littrell said in an interview from her hospital bed. “I gave him whatever he wanted because I was just trying to stay alive.”
Police said the kidnapper took Littrell to the woods just off of Beasley Road, WAPT reported.
Once there, Magee made his victim crawl into the woods.
Then he shot her multiple times, WAPT reported.
“He said, ‘Get on your knees.’ So, I got on my knees, and then I heard the first shot,” Littrell recalled.
She said she fell over to the ground, WAPT reported.
“I was trying to cover my face in case he kept shooting, which of course, he did,” the wounded woman explained.
Littrell said that Magee shot her seven times and then left her alone in the woods to die, WAPT reported.
She said that when she realized she hadn’t immediately bled to death, she knew she had to crawl out of the woods because Magee had taken her keys and had her address, and she was afraid for her grandmother.
“It took every strength in me because, at this point, I am concerned [because] my grandmother is at my house, and I was worried he was going to go after her,” Littrell said.
“I don’t want my family not to know what happened to me,” she told WLBT. “And so I’m like crawling out of the woods, and get enough strength to stand up.”
She ran to a nearby apartment complex for help and somebody called 911, WAPT reported.
Littrell was transported to University of Mississippi Medical Center where she was treated for seven gunshot wounds.
Chief Hearn said Magee was arrested in the area of Beasley Road near Adkins Boulevard, NBC News reported.
“He did confess to the crime. He did confess to calling the female up for the Lyft driver,” the deputy chief said. “It is my understanding through our interview with this individual, this is not the first time this has occurred.”
Deputy Chief Hearn said that Magee was also a suspect in multiple other robberies, WAPT reported.
He said Magee had admitted to using the rideshare to lure robbery victims more than once.
Magee was booked into jail on charges of carjacking, kidnapping, and aggravated assault, NBC News reported.
Police said the 17 year old was held without bond.
Lyft released a statement of support for their wounded driver, WAPT reported.
“The incident described is horrific and our hearts go out to Ms. Littrell and her loved ones,” the statement read. “We’ve reached out to offer our support, have permanently removed the rider from the Lyft community, and stand ready to assist law enforcement with their investigation. We’re also exploring ways to expand the use of certain safety features and alerts to help prevent these kinds of incidents moving forward.”