Man charged with robbery, carjacking

A 19-year-old man is in jail on allegations he and an accomplice held up two men playing basketball in New Ellenton, stole their clothing and car, then attempted a carjacking in Augusta, officials say. Alan Duane Morris Jr., 19, of East Pine Drive, is being held at the Aiken County detention center. Morris has been linked to an evening crime spree throughout the CSRA that started when he and a still unidentified man held up two men in New Ellenton around 11 p.m. New Ellenton Police Chief Alesia Parks said the two subjects were armed and wearing masks when they approached the ball players and stole their Plymouth SUV. Three hours later, Richmond County Sheriff's Office investigators said the two men attempted a carjacking in Augusta on 13th Street but were unsuccessful and drove the stolen vehicle back into South Carolina where an alert Aiken County Sheriff's Office deputy spotted the suspects. The deputy chased the men until the SUV blew a tire at the intersection of Bobby Jones and Jefferson Davis Highway in North Augusta. The two men jumped and ran, said Capt. Troy Elwell. North Augusta Public Safety and Aiken County Sheriff's Office deputies searched the area and found Morris hiding in a Dumpster at Conway Trucking on Atomic Road. He was take into police custody. The other suspect was able to get away, officials said. Morris will be charged with failure to stop for blue lights, armed robbery, grand larceny, assault and battery with intent to kill and attempted carjacking. Contact Karen Daily at kdaily@aikenstandard.com.