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Man indicted in Elyria carjacking attempt

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    Johnny Mack



An Elyria man who is accused of stabbing a woman was indicted in federal court for carjacking.

Johnny Mack III, 39, was indicted on one count of carjacking after he allegedly used force to try to steal a 2016 Nissan Altima on Dec. 12, according to court documents.

Police have said Mack admitted to an attempted knifepoint carjacking at the Speedway gas station at 99 E. Broad St.

Mack allegedly pulled a knife and threatened to stab the driver of the Altima as he pushed into her car. He then stabbed the victim, causing small puncture wounds to her legs, stomach and hands, according to court documents.

Police had said the victim had sustained superficial cuts during the struggle but did not require medical treatment.

The intended victim, a 33-year-old woman, told police she got a bad feeling about Mack as he approached her outside the gas station.

Mack asked her how to get to an address on South Abbe Road, and the woman offered to look it up on her phone. As she did, she retrieved a knife of her own from inside her car and slid it under her leg, police have said.

Mack then pulled a knife and started stabbing at her as she sat in the driver’s seat of her car, police have said. The woman yelled, screamed and honked the horn, which scared Mack away and alerted customers who came to see what was happening.

Police said Mack also admitted his involvement in a break-in Dec. 10 at a business on Abbe Road where computer equipment was stolen.

At the time of the incident Mack was on parole from a four-year prison sentence for burglary and escape charges, according to the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction.

Contact Scott Mahoney at (440) 329-7146 or smahoney@chroniclet.com. Follow him on Twitter @SMahoneyCT.

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