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Aerial Work by MNPD Helicopter Crew Leads to Arrest of Armed Carjacking Suspect



A 22-year-old ex-convict from Florida just wasn’t able to escape the view of an MNPD helicopter crew after his armed carjacking of a 2017 Honda Accord at Pearl Street and Jo Johnston Avenue at 8:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Phillip Pickett of 2100 Clifton Avenue is jailed in lieu of $130,000 bond on charges of aggravated robbery, unlawful gun possession by a convicted felon, and felony evading arrest.

The 33-year-old victim reported that he was at the intersection of Pearl Street and Jo Johnson Avenue when a gunman, subsequently identified as Pickett, knocked on the car window with the pistol and ordered him out of the car. The victim said Pickett demanded his cash and then drove off in the Honda. North Precinct officers spotted the car and tried to stop in at 10th Avenue North and Jefferson Street. Pickett refused to stop and accelerated. An MNPD helicopter crew followed the Honda from the air to an alley south of Cass Street between 14th and 12th Avenues North. Pickett got out and ran. The helicopter crew watched as Pickett fled to the back yard of a home in the 1400 block of Clay Street where ground units took him into custody. A pistol was found behind a garbage can next to where Pickett was arrested.

Pickett has cocaine and marijuana convictions in Florida.


Phillip Pickett, 22