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Douglas County deputy stops vehicle stolen at gunpoint

A Douglas County Sheriff's deputy got a surprise Sunday morning when a traffic stop was linked to an armed carjacking in St. Paul. Deputy Jeff Bethards stopped a stolen vehicle along Highway 53 in Solon Springs early Sunday after he noticed it sw...

A Douglas County Sheriff's deputy got a surprise Sunday morning when a traffic stop was linked to an armed carjacking in St. Paul.

Deputy Jeff Bethards stopped a stolen vehicle along Highway 53 in Solon Springs early Sunday after he noticed it swerving in and out of its lane of traffic, crossing fog lines on both sides of the road.

A routine call to the communication center revealed the car had been stolen at gunpoint the night before in St. Paul, according to a Douglas County Sheriff's Department report. Bethards called for backup and kept his gun trained on the car until other officers arrived. At one point, the report stated, the driver exited the car but Bethards ordered him to return to the vehicle.

With the assistance of additional officers, the two occupants of the car were arrested. They matched the description of the armed suspects who stole the car, according to the report. Officers also found a loaded handgun under the front passenger seat of the vehicle.

Dontaineun Javon Cain and Annastashia Velita Barnes, both of Gary, Ind., made their initial appearances in Douglas County Court Monday on charges stemming from the incident.

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Cain, 18, faces one felony count of operating a motor vehicle without the owner's consent and one misdemeanor count of being party to the crime of carrying a concealed weapon. He remains in custody at the Douglas County Jail in lieu of $5,000 cash bail. He is scheduled to return to court next week for a preliminary hearing.

Barnes, 22, faces one misdemeanor count of being party to the crime of operating a motor vehicle without the owner's consent. She is also being held in Douglas County Jail in lieu of $2,000 cash bail. She is scheduled to appear in court later this month for a pretrial conference.

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