Bond denied for carjacking suspect
A man wanted by several law enforcement agencies on a number of charges, including a murder in Florida and a carjacking and armed robbery in Dorchester County, will be easy to find for some time.
During a bond hearing held Monday afternoon in the Dorchester County Magistrate’s Court via closed circuit television, Dorchester Magistrate Judge Gary Cook set bond at $32,500 for Corey Jamaine Dozier, 31, of Jacksonville, Florida, for three general sessions charges, including failure to stop for a blue light, possession of a stolen weapon, and possession of a weapon during a violent crime. Cook also set a personal recognizance bond of $652.50 on a charge of driving under suspension.
However, Cook denied bond on a carjacking charge.
“Carjacking is considered a heinous crime in the state of South Carolina and I am therefore denying bond on that charge,” Cook said.
Dozier, who appeared tired and at times emotionally distraught indicated that he understood the charges against him and his rights. At one point, he seemed to break down, placing his face in his hands, then apologizing to the court.
“I didn’t mean no harm,” he said. “I apologize for the drama that I caused the county. I don’t know if that matters.”
Cook told him that he was there only to set bonds and not to try a case.
Dozier was arrested Sunday morning after he allegedly stole a car at gunpoint from a family who had stopped to render him aid. According to SC Highway Patrol and Dorchester County Sheriff’s Office reports, Dozier apparently pretended to be hurt by lying near the roadway of I-26 east near mile marker 172. A family of three who was traveling in a Red Kia Sportage from Bowman to attend church in Summerville stopped to help the man they saw lying by the side of the road, only to have him point a handgun at them, order them out of their vehicle, and leave them on the side of the road.
A BOLO (Be On The Lookout) went out and a trooper positioned himself around the 184 mile marker waiting for that vehicle and pulled in behind it after it had passed.
The suspect, driving the Kia, attempted to elude the trooper after stopping briefly around the 184 mile marker.
The trooper immediately pursued the vehicle with lights and siren. The Dorchester County Sheriff’s Department deployed stop sticks around exit 194, and the vehicle pulled over around mile marker 195 eastbound in the median.
The trooper and deputies then conducted a felony car stop and arrested the individual without incident, also recovering a handgun.
After the arrest, officials discovered that the suspect, Dozier, allegedly recently committed a murder in Florida and an armed robbery in St. George earlier Sunday. According to a DCSO incident report, Dozier fit the description of a subject who robbed a gas station in St. George and fled the area in a silver Ford Taurus. The subject apparently wrecked that vehicle at the on-ramp of I-26 at I-95.
Dozier remains incarcerated in the Dorchester County Detention Center in St. George.
Investigations by a number of law enforcement agencies, including the Jacksonville Police Department, Dorchester County Sheriff’s Office St. George Police Department, and S.C. Highway Patrol, are ongoing and more charges are possible, according to law enforcement officials.