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Suspect arraigned in Burlington on carjacking charges

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BURLINGTON, Mass. (WHDH) - A carjacking suspect pleaded not guilty to nine charges during his arraignment Tuesday while handcuffed to his hospital bed in the Lahey Clinic in Burlington.

Donald Hall, 28, of Everett was arrested in Bedford Monday afternoon, and the nine charges he faces are connected to a wild chase through five towns that occurred Monday and included an exchange of gunfire with police.

Prosecutors wanted Hall to be held without bail.

Police say the ordeal started at 2 a.m. Monday when the suspect took the car a couple was driving in Haverhill. He allegedly drove that car to Newton where he crashed it.

Several hours later, Hall reportedly confronted 75-year-old Antoinette Stewart in her kitchen in Newton, took her keys and then her car.

Two Newton Police officers saw the stolen car in West Newton Village and approached the suspect on foot.

“I heard like a bang and I thought ‘what was that’ then a few minutes later I heard sirens and screeching tires,” one witness said.

Police say that bang was likely an officer firing his service gun.

“The vehicle sped toward the officer, that officer had to discharge his weapon. We do not know if the vehicle or the suspect was shot,” Newton Police Lt. Bruce Apotheker said.

A tire was popped and the driver hit several parked cars but kept going.

Police say he ditched that car in Billerica where he allegedly stole a truck from a woman.

He is accused of shooting at police there; officers fired back, hitting the truck several times.

After that, the suspect crashed into a tree, but it wasn't over there. Carlisle police say they have a car with bullet holes in it, but they won't say how it's connected to the crime spree.

In Concord, the man then allegedly stole a Ford Flex at gunpoint as police closed in.

A short time later police in Bedford began chasing the Flex, but deployed spike strips to put an end to the chase, and a police officer used a cruiser to bump the vehicle off the road.

The suspect crashed again, this time into a light pole.

“It looked like it was fresh out of a movie but it was real,” a witness said.

Police were able to take the armed suspect into custody.

“We’re investigating a series of armed carjackings that occurred. It’s multi-jurisdictional. We do know the operator of the vehicle was armed and dangerous and as a result of that, the motor vehicle that the suspect was driving crashed here in Bedford,” Bedford Police Chief Robert Bongiorno said.

Several different police departments were on the scene when gunfire was exchanged with the suspect.

“We don’t know at this point how many shots were fired, but we do know there were shots exchanged between the police and the suspect and it was multi-jurisdictional," Bongiorno said.

Bongiorno did confirm that the suspect was taken to Lahey Hospital in Burlington, although it is not clear if his injuries were caused by the crash or the result of gunfire from police officers.

The injuries are described at serious but not life-threatening. He will go before a judge Tuesday, and due to his injuries, the arraignment will likely happen from his hospital bed.

The search for a second suspect is ongoing. Police will return to all six different scenes to investigate.


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