Murder suspect arrested after Northlake kidnapping

by Andrew Batten


A 28-year-old man was arrested after police say he killed his girlfriend before carjacking a driver at Northlake Mall late Wednesday, Dec. 1.

Jamar Springs of 6221 Summerour Place, Charlotte, approached a Chevy Tahoe at the mall about 10:40 p.m. He forced the driver out of the vehicle and made the passenger ride with him, Officer Robert Fey, Charlotte-Mecklenburg police spokesman, said.

Springs drove the Tahoe to the intersection of Sam Furr Road and U.S. 21 in Huntersville. Springs released the passenger before running away along Sam Furr Road.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg police, the department’s SWAT unit and helicopter as well as officers from Huntersville, Davidson and Cornelius departments set up a perimeter. Charlotte-Mecklenburg police arrested Springs without incident.

Huntersville police Lt. Ken Richardson said his officers assisted with setting up the perimeter and directed questions to Charlotte-Mecklenburg police.

The driver of the Tahoe and the passenger were not injured. Police are withholding their names, Fey said.

About 20 minutes before the carjacking and kidnapping Charlotte-Mecklenburg police were called to Springs’ home Summerour Place home near Toddville Road and Interstate 85, after a neighbor called 911 to report an assault had taken place.

When officers arrived, they found 28-year-old Pamela Garmon, Springs’ girlfriend, suffering from a gunshot wound. She died at the scene, police said.

At the time officers believed Springs ran away from the home in an older model Cadillac with a blue stripe, possibly armed with a rifle. Police couldn’t say if Springs was armed when he carjacked the Northlake Mall driver or if they have located the Cadillac.

Phil Morosco, general manager of Northlake Mall, said shoppers shouldn’t be alarmed by the incident and that the mall has already stepped up security due to the holiday season.

“First you have to realize that it was over an hour after the mall closed and we’ve always increased our security during the holiday season,” Morosco said. “In fact there was a CMPD officer patrolling our parking lot until 10 o’clock last night, which is what we do every holiday season.”

Police have charged Springs with murder, two counts attempted armed robbery, assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill, armed robbery and 1st degree kidnapping, all felonies. He is being held in the Mecklenburg County jail without bond.

Springs was previously arrested in 2008 for misdemeanor assault and battery. The outcome of that case was unavailable.

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