Who is Marcus Goodman? Man carjacks teen girl at gunpoint 20 minutes after leaving prison, sent back to jail

Goodman was released from jail at 10.08 pm and he then stole the vehicle from a Spokane, Washington, neighborhood around 10.28 pm on February 13


                            Who is Marcus Goodman? Man carjacks teen girl at gunpoint 20 minutes after leaving prison, sent back to jail
Marcus Goodman was arrested for carjacking 16-year-old girl at gunpoint just after being released from jail (Representative pic/ Getty Images)

SPOKANE, WASHINGTON: A  Washington state native just minutes after being released from jail went and carjacked a 16-year-old girl's car, according to the Spokane Police Department.

The convicted felon, Marcus Goodman, wasted no time, landing back in the slammer after allegedly carjacking a 16-year-old girl just 20 minutes after being sprung from prison. The teenager dialed Spokane police at 10.28 pm Saturday, February 13, to report that she was approached in the Browne’s Addition neighborhood by a man who demanded her car and said he was armed, officials said.

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The 31-year-old man had been released from prison at 10:08 pm, a mere 20 minutes earlier, police said in a statement. As soon as the police got the news, they started the search probe for the stolen vehicle, a little before 1 am, an alert sergeant spotted it with Goodman in the driver’s seat near Francis Avenue and North Nevada Street. Over the span of 20 minutes, Goodman had traveled around 1.5 miles from jail to the incident location in Browne’s Addition and robbed the teenager, police said. 

“As officers investigated Goodman’s activity they became aware Goodman had been released from jail on an unrelated felony charge at 10:08 PM,” the police report read. The investigation showed in 20 minutes Goodman had traveled the roughly 1.5 miles from jail to the incident location in Browne’s Addition and robbed the juvenile victim,” it added.

He is being held on a $15,000 bond. Goodman, who was already a convicted felon, was booked back into Spokane County Jail for the felony charge of robbery in the second degree.

Reports suggest that the cases of carjackings in the US rose in 2020. In Minneapolis, the Star-Tribune newspaper reports that carjackings were up 537% in November; there were 125 instances of the crime in October-November. A retroactive count by analysts determined that Minneapolis has seen at least 375 carjackings in 2020 including 17 in November 2020. That overall tally is more than three times higher than 2019.

Chicago police statistics showed there had been more than 1,150 carjackings to date in 2020, compared to 507 in all of 2019. Depending on how the final month adds up, the annual increase could be closer to triple.

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