Crime

Columbus man convicted of attempted carjacking

By CHUCK WILLIAMS

chwilliams@ledger-enquirer.com

A Columbus man was convicted on Monday in U.S. District Court of  attempted carjacking and brandishing a firearm during a crime of violence.

Darius Harbin, 21, of Columbus, Georgia was convicted following a trial that lasted a week.

Following his conviction, Harbin then entered a guilty plea for possession of a firearm by a convicted felon in connection with the same incident, according to a news release from the office of the U.S. Attorney, Middle District of Georgia.

Sentencing is scheduled for June 21, where Harbin faces up to life in prison.

Harbin’s attempt to carjack a vehicle from a gas station parking lot in downtown Columbus on May 24, 2014 failed when the victim fought back.

After getting off work, the victim pulled into a gas station about 3 a.m., according to testimony.

While pumping gas, the man was approached by Harbin at gunpoint. The victim was instructed to remove his hand from his pocket as well as the gas pump from his vehicle. Harbin told the man he would shoot him in the head if he did not comply.

The victim managed to wrestle the gun from Harbin during an almost eight minute struggle which ensued before the police arrived, according to testimony.

The case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives and the Columbus Police Department.

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