Oak Bluffs police arrested Jermaine Sharpe, 29, last week after he allegedly stole a man’s car, assaulted him, and threatened him with a machete.
On July 25, at around 2 pm, the victim was driving on Dukes County Avenue near Garvin Street. A man, later identified as Sharpe, flagged down the car and asked for a ride. When the victim said no, police said Sharpe began punching him in the head, overpowered him, and pulled him out of his car by his hair.
The victim then told police Sharpe grabbed a machete that was in the back of his landscaping truck. He told police he was “in imminent fear for his life and was able to slip from Sharpe’s grip and run south on Dukes County Avenue away from Sharpe,” according to Lt. Timothy Williamson.
Sharpe then allegedly stole the victim’s vehicle and drove away when police were dispatched to the area.
A short time later, a State Police detective pulled Sharpe over in the car along Beach Road in Vineyard Haven and arrested him with the help of the Tisbury police.
Sharpe was charged with carjacking, unarmed robbery, assault with a dangerous weapon, theft of a motor vehicle, and vandalism. He is currently being held without bail at the Dukes County jail pending a dangerousness hearing. His dangerousness hearing is set for August 2.
The victim, who said he had no connection with Sharpe, was transported to the Martha’s Vineyard Hospital for apparent minor injuries.