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A 37-year-old man, Earl Larche III, was sentenced Tuesday morning to four to 20 years in prison for an October carjacking incident in Allen Park that was captured by a gas station camera.

Larche was sentenced by Judge Paul Cusick at Third Circuit Court, records show, and will get credit for 145 days of time served, and must pay back some $1,898 in fees and court costs. 

 

Larche was caught on camera trying to carjack a woman who was filling up her tank at a BP gas station near Roosevelt and Southfield.

The 24-year-old victim jumped in the passenger side of the vehicle, and with the aid of a male truck driver at the scene, was able to stop the car from leaving the station, surveillance video released by police showed. 

Surveillance footage showed Larche casually walking, hands in pockets, toward the driver as she filled up a vehicle. He sidled up to her front door, swung it open, then attempted to speed off. Once the woman saw her car pulling away from the pump, her hand still on the hose, she jumped into the passenger side of the car.

Larche was briefly captured by the truck driver, but broke free and ran from the scene. An investigation by Allen Park police led to his eventual arrest.

He was charged that month and pleaded guilty on Feb. 20, at the case's final pretrial conference. His jury trial would have started Wednesday had he not pleaded guilty.

 

 

 

 

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