Boston Red Sox pitching prospect Brian Johnson was the victim of a carjacking early Friday morning in his home state of Florida.
Johnson was not harmed in the incident, which took place at a convenience store in Cocoa Beach, Fla., according to the Cocoa Beach Police Department.
The driver of the car, Thomas Carrigan, and other friends Johnson was with at the time also were not injured, and 31-year-old Johnathan Oshaun Gould reportedly was arrested a short while later and brought up on five charges, including carjacking and aggravated assault.
From Florida Today:
“Carrigan told police that he was sitting in his vehicle with the door open when a vehicle pulled up behind the car. A man got out and began yelling at one of the passengers before he approaching Carrigan with a handgun.
“At one point, Carrigan said the man yelled: ‘I will kill you, give me you (expletive) keys.’
“Carrigan relinquished the keys. After that, attacker fired a bullet into the ground and Carrigan was struck by a fragment in his right leg.
“Sheriff’s deputies spotted the stolen vehicle traveling close to 125 mph on State Road 528 close to Interstate 95 and pursued. Gould was arrested at the end of the chase at State Road 520 and State Road 528 in Orange County.”
Johnson started one game for the Red Sox this season, allowing four runs on three hits and four walks in a loss to the Houston Astros. The 24-year-old left-hander spent the majority of the season at Triple-A Pawtucket, where he compiled a 9-6 record with 2.53 ERA and 1.21 WHIP.
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