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Janesville man arrested in carjacking incident

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ROCHELLE B. BIRKELO
February 2, 2009
— A Janesville man accused in a Saturday-morning carjacking in Beloit is in custody in Illinois awaiting extradition to Wisconsin.

Darron L. Sims, 34, of 2613 Sauk Drive, Janesville, was being held this morning at the Winnebago County Jail in Rockford, Ill., according to a press release from the Beloit Police Department.


Rock County officials are seeking extradition to Wisconsin, where Sims will face charges of operating a vehicle without owner consent, robbery and theft, according to police.


Police say a 20-year-old Beloit woman and an 8-year-old child stopped at Save-A-Lot grocery store at the corner of Park and White avenues at about 8:35 a.m. Saturday. Sims waved them down and asked for a ride. The woman refused, but Sims jumped into the back seat of the 2002 Mercedes and told the woman to drive, according to police.


Sims took the woman’s cell phone and told her to drive toward the west side of Beloit. As she drove, he began to choke her, told her to pull over and then ordered her and the boy out of the car in the 700 block of Bluff Street, according to police.


The woman went to one of the homes in the residential neighborhood and called police, Capt. William Tyler said.


Beloit police quickly broadcast a description of the stolen car and the carjacker to area law enforcement agencies.


"It worked quite well," Tyler said.


A short time after hearing the broadcast, a Rockton, Ill., police officer spotted the stolen car, Tyler said. The officer started pursuit, according to a news release. The driver of the Mercedes lost control of the car, crashed it into a snow bank and fled on foot.


Beloit and Rockton police apprehended Sims a short time later.


Online Wisconsin court records indicate Sims has been in prison at least twice. Court records list three 1996 convictions for theft, a 1998 conviction for theft, a 1999 conviction for retail theft and possession of drug paraphernalia, a 2000 conviction for robbery and a 2006 conviction for being a passenger in a vehicle operated without owner consent.



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