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Man who carjacked, injured postal worker gets prison term

June 30, 2021 GMT

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — A man who carjacked a postal worker last year and held a box cutter against her neck, leaving the woman slightly injured, was sentenced Wednesday to nearly seven years in prison.

Wallace Johnson, 32, of Newark, will also have to serve three years of supervised release following his release from prison, according to federal prosecutors. Johnson had pleaded guilty in January to carjacking and assaulting a federal employee.

The June 6 carjacking occurred as the woman was sitting in a parked postal vehicle in Newark. Johnson approached the woman and held the box cutter against her neck while ordering her out of the car.

Johnson then got in the vehicle and drove away at a high rate of speed, authorities said. Police soon spotted the speeding car and tried to stop it, unaware that the vehicle had just been stolen.

Johnson crashed the car a few minutes later and ran off, but officers soon found him hiding behind a parked car in a nearby neighborhood. He was captured after a foot chase and had the postal worker’s phone and the box cutter in his possession, authorities said.

The postal worker suffered a small laceration on her neck.