October 13, 2011
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Madison and Rankin Counties’ District Attorney Michael Guest announced today that Frederick Calhoun was sentenced to 30 years in prison for Armed Carjacking in Madison County.
On August 1, 2010, Calhoun was standing next to a vehicle on the side of Highway 22 in Canton, Mississippi, when he flagged a motorist for help. The motorist, Anthony Sims, stopped to offer assistance and Calhoun told him he had run out of gas and requested a ride to the nearest gas station. Mr. Sims agreed to provide Calhoun a ride, whereupon Calhoun entered the car and Mr. Sims continued down Highway 22 toward a gas station.
Upon approaching the overpass for Interstate 55, Calhoun suddenly pulled a knife on Mr. Sims and instructed him to merge onto Interstate 55 and drive to Jackson. Mr. Sims, however, immediately stopped his car, exited the vehicle and fled on foot. Calhoun then took the car, got on to Interstate 55 Southbound and subsequently wrecked the vehicle near Sowell Road in Canton, Mississippi.
Upon investigating the crime, the Canton Police Department learned that the vehicle Calhoun was standing near when he flagged down Mr. Sims had been stolen recently from Jackson, Mississippi, and the owner of the stolen car had provided the name of “Frederick Calhoun” as being the car thief. With this information, the Canton Police Department composed a photo line-up, which consisted of Calhoun and five (5) other individuals. Upon showing the lineup to Mr. Sims, he was able to quickly identify Calhoun as his carjacker.
It was also determined that Calhoun had been convicted previously in 2005 for Armed Robbery in the State of Tennessee, as well as a 1994 conviction in the State of Illinois for Possession of a Controlled Substance.
“Dangerous criminals like Calhoun prey upon the good-will of regular citizens like Mr. Sims. Calhoun will now serve the maximum sentence in prison for his decision to carjack someone in Madison County,” said District Attorney Michael Guest.
“Calhoun was on a crime spree that day. It started in Jackson when he stole a car and ended when he decided to pull a knife on someone in Canton. His days of committing crimes are over for a long time,” added Guest.