Police: Accused Tempe carjacker said "I had to try to get away"

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Posted at 3:25 PM, Dec 18, 2018
and last updated 2018-12-18 17:25:48-05

TEMPE, AZ — Tempe police tracked down a carjacker after he assaulted a woman in a pharmacy parking lot.

Tempe police report that around 11 p.m. on December 11 a woman was getting into her car in the parking lot of the CVS near Mill Avenue and University Drive.

A man, later identified as 33-year-old Jonathan Richard Capehart, allegedly came up and grabbed her from behind.

The victim managed to wiggle her way out, but not before being hit in the nose, causing it to bleed. In the struggle, the woman dropped her purse and keys, which Capehart took and stole her car.

Police soon located the stolen car driving down a dead end. Capehart got out and tried to run, but was caught by three officers.

Police say Capehart hit a pole, causing about $1,000 in damage to the car.

Capehart allegedly told police that he is a heroin addict going through withdrawals and needed the car to get to Phoenix.

He reportedly told police, "I'm sorry, I had to try to get away. This is my first time stealing a car."

Court records show that Capehart has multiple arrests for drugs, DUI and assault.

He has been charged with robbery, kidnapping and car theft.