Boston Police report arresting two men they say jumped into a parked minivan early this morning and then demanded money.
According to police, a man was sitting in his minivan on Surface Road near the Chinatown Gate shortly after 1 a.m. when two guys got in and demanded cash:
When the two men refused to exit the vehicle, the victim drove towards South Station on Atlantic Avenue in an attempt to locate police assistance. Upon arriving in the area, the victim exited his vehicle at which time one of the suspects got into the driver’s seat and sped away in an unknown direction. At about 4:17 AM, officers observed the stolen motor vehicle operating in the area of 103 Arch Street in Downtown Crossing. When the officers attempted to perform a traffic stop, the operator, later identified as Adrian Thompson, 53, of Dorchester, exited the vehicle and fled on foot. One officer pursued the fleeing suspect while a second officer removed and secured the front seat passenger, later identified as Mahad Ali Farah-Haji, 24, of Charlestown. After a brief foot pursuit, the operator was placed in custody in the area of 7 Winthrop Square.
Both were charged with carjacking. Thompson was also charged with operating a motor vehicle with a revoked or suspended license and resisting arrest, police say.