Phenix City man takes law into his own hands

By Laura Ann Sills - bioemail

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - A Phenix City, AL man took the law into his own hands on Friday morning.  Harris County Deputies tell News Leader Nine, 37 year old Frederick Cochran waited at Johnson Controls off of Highway 103 in West Point for Chris Harper to get off of work.  As Harper and other co-workers were getting into their car he approached them with a gun in each hand.  He told the others to leave but made Harper drive as he hopped in the back.  Officers say, the victim had fallen behind on his payments and owed Cochran money for a car he bought.

Quickly the co-workers that were left behind called 911.

Deputies caught up with the car a few miles from the industrial park.

Deputy Marc Horton said, "The call coming in is a carjacking, weapons being involved, kind of takes it to the next level.  We try to have more than one officer on the scene."

Four deputies were on the scene.  Cochran was arrested without fighting back. "We quickly closed in on them, closed that gap.  It was more of catching them off guard and them not really having the time to react," explained Horton.

Cochran owns Ask D Audio in Phenix City.  No one was at the business for a comment.

Both of the guns used to threaten were registered to Cochran. Officers say, Cochran has never been in trouble with the law before, but now, he could face up to 40 years in prison for his rash act.

Cochran is being charged with kidnapping, hijacking of a motor vehicle and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime. He is being held in the Harris County Jail.

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