Camden County Prosecutor Mary Eva Colalillo reported a Clayton man has been convicted for a 2013 carjacking that led to a police chase along the White Horse Pike.
A jury found Isaac Jerdan, M/29, of Clayton, guilty Wednesday of Carjacking, Armed Robbery, Eluding, Unlawful Possession of a Weapon, Possession of a Weapon for an Unlawful Purpose, Resisting Arrest by Flight and a Disorderly Persons offense for Resisting after an hour and a half of deliberations.
Assistant Prosecutor Greg Smith presented evidence during the two-day trial that detailed a string of offenses that began with a carjacking at knife point in the parking lot of a business on the 500 block of the North White Horse Pike on June 8, 2013. Jerdan demanded keys to a woman’s Toyota Corolla while holding a knife against her. He fled in the car before the woman and a witness could contact police.
A Haddon Heights Patrolman spotted the Corolla on Atlantic Avenue after receiving a notification of the carjacking. When he attempted to stop the vehicle, Jerdan sped away, turning back on to the White Horse Pike and fleeing at speeds nearing 100 mph.
A ten minute chase ensued that involved officers from numerous police departments, and ended when Jerdan struck two cars near Newton Avenue in Oaklyn, crippling his stolen car in the process.
Jerdan jumped out of the Corolla and led police on a foot chase through a residential neighborhood before he jumped into an unlocked Subaru parked along Newton Avenue. He locked himself in the vehicle but was removed by officers.
Smith offered the jury significant physical evidence of Jerdan’s guilt, including a knife and backpack that matched the descriptions of items the car’s owner saw as she was assailed by the defendant.
Sentencing is scheduled for August 28 before Superior Court Judge Samuel Natal.