17-year-olds charged with carjacking in Grand Rapids

Left to right: Malik McCoy and Jakari Peacock. Mug shots from the Kent County Correctional Facility.

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Two of the three people accused of carjacking a woman in Grand Rapids on Sunday have been charged.

Malik McCoy and Jakari Peacock, both 17, were each charged with armed robbery, according to a release from the Grand Rapids Police Department.

The carjacking happened Sunday evening in the area of Union Avenue and Fulton Street. Police said three masked people carjacked a 24-year-old college student at gunpoint, stealing her Toyota Carolla and property.

Grand Rapids police on the scene of a carjacking in the area of Fulton Street and Union Avenue. (Nov. 15, 2015)
(Grand Rapids police on the scene of the carjacking.)

Sunday, the victim’s brother told 24 Hour News 8 that police quickly found the suspects and stolen car only a few blocks away after pinging the victim’s cellphone. Police did not confirm details on whether they used the technology to effect the arrest.

Bond for both McCoy and Peacock was set at $100,000. They are expected back in court on Dec. 2 for a preliminary examination. If convicted, both could face a sentence of up to life in prison.

The third suspect who was arrested is a minor, which means his case would typically be handled in juvenile court. His status is under review.

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