Man charged in Westminster carjacking, 1 suspect still on the run

Luisito Alexander Bonilla-Rodriguez
Luisito Alexander Bonilla-Rodriguez

WESTMINSTER, SC (WSPA) – The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office has filed charges against a Charlotte, NC man as part of its investigation into a carjacking that occurred late Tuesday afternoon near the city of Westminster.

19-year old Luisito Alexander Bonilla-Rodriguez of Faires Road was booked into the Oconee County Detention Center around 11:54 pm after being transported from the Clemson City Police Department.

Bonilla-Rodriguez has been charged with one count of Carjacking, two counts of Possession of a Weapon during the Commission of a Violent Crime, and two counts of Armed Robbery for taking a cellphone from one of the victims and a purse from a second victim, according to the sheriff’s office.

He is at the Detention Center on a combined $90,000 surety bond.

Deputies say they got a report of a carjacking near the intersection of Hobson Street and Cornelia Avenue.

They say there had been a minor accident that happened before the vehicle was taken.

The Sheriff’s Office received word that the stolen Mustang had been located in the city of Clemson at a business near Highway 93 at Highway 76.

They began a search for two subjects who took off on foot from officers.

Investigators received word that one suspect, later identified as Bonilla-Rodriguez, had been taken into custody.

Officers are still looking for the second suspect, possibly wearing a blue coat and tan pants.

They say he has short, dark hair and is possibly in his mid-20’s.

If you have any information on the location of the second suspect or you see someone matching the description of this second subject involved, you are asked to call the Oconee County Sheriff’s Office at 864-638-4111.

Scene where carjacking vehicle was found in Clemson (Photo: WSPA)
Scene where carjacking vehicle was found in Clemson (Photo: WSPA)

The Mustang was later found in Clemson near Highway 93 at Highway 76. Clemson police searched for two suspects who ran from the officers.

One man was taken into custody, while another is still on the run. Officers say the man is in his mid 20s and has short, dark hair. He may be wearing a blue coat and tan pants.

Anyone with information on the suspect is asked to call the Oconee County Sheriff’s Office at 864-638-4111.

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