Alpharetta church carjacking suspect caught at MARTA station


The man stole a car at gunpoint outside St. James United Methodist Church on Friday, police said.

A chase began on Ga. 400 after the suspect refused to stop.

The person also is wanted in Cherokee County, according to police.

A man wanted in another county was captured Friday night after an armed carjacking at an Alpharetta church and a chase that ended at a MARTA station, police said.

About 8:21 p.m., the person, identified as 31-year-old Jason Taratoot, stole a green Kia Soul from someone at St. James United Methodist Church, according to a Facebook post by Alpharetta police. The church is in the 3000 block of Webb Bridge Road.

An officer saw the car going south on Ga. 400, and a chase began after the suspect refused to stop, according to police.

The pursuit ended in the North Springs MARTA station parking deck in Sandy Springs when officers performed a PIT maneuver, a tactic that essentially involves bumping a vehicle in an attempt to stop it, according to the post.

Taratoot tried to run but was caught by a police dog.

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The suspect is wanted on charges out of Cherokee County, police said.

Taratoot is charged with reckless driving, fleeing/attempting to elude officers, two counts of possessing controlled substances, possessing drug-related objects, possessing a stolen firearm and tampering with evidence, according to Fulton County jail records.

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