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Suspect arrested after carjacking in Peoria

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PEORIA, Ariz. -

A high speed chase in the west valley Tuesday -- a suspect on the run -- and this one turned dangerous fast.

The carjacking happened around Noon in the parking lot of Fry's at 91st Avenue and Union Hills.

SkyFOX captured much of the pursuit on camera, showing the suspect's silver car nearly slamming into another car at an intersection.  As the suspect tried to flee, he cut through several lanes on the freeway, narrowly missing cars as he turned off the interstate.

At one point, an officer could be seen trying to throw stop sticks onto the road in an effort to flatten the car's tires and slow the suspect down.

Police say just minutes earlier, the suspect, identified as 21-year-old Marshall Dixon, carjacked an 89-year-old woman who was loading groceries at the Fry's parking lot, then hit a woman in a car was he was trying to get away.

"I was in the office.. this lady started screaming for help," said Nora Torres, who works in a nearby dental office.  "I walked outside and this guy is fighting with the guy trying to get in her car, so he's pushing him off, then he throws the lady on the floor, he takes off driving.  I run over here, the lady's on the floor, she says her hip hurts.. I'm trying to hold her and she's hugging me and she's shaking.  There was a lot of people.. they were screaming at they guy.. one car even took off after the guy that stole her car."

The chase didn't last long.  SkyFOX showed the car sliding as it made a right into an apartment complex near 35th Avenue and Bell Road where the suspect bailed.

Chris Espinosa and others in her office saw him run by.

"Police cars coming from every direction, almost crashing in to each other, just a bunch of police officers jumping out of cars, running like crazy to the back," said Espinosa.

Courtney Smith added, "I go outside and that's when I seen the cops running with their guns."

"There were maybe 50 feet behind.  They asked where he went.  We kind of just told them straight to the tree.. he couldn't have been more than 40 or 50 yards in front of them," said Jessie White.

FOX 10 was there as police took Dixon into custody, less than an hour after the carjacking.  He talked to FOX 10 from the back of the squad car.

"Did you carjack that woman?"

"Yeah," replied Dixon, who went on to say he lost his job, lost everything and it was a "bad decision."

"Why did you run?" asked photojournalist Rick Davis.

"..'cause I had to get out of there," said Dixon.

"You almost hurt some people in Peoria," said Davis.

"Yeah, I know," Dixon replied.

Police say the 89-year-old woman had minor injuries.  She was treated at the scene and released.

"I'm sure she'll have a very difficult time trusting again and it's just a shame people do these kind of things and have no respect," said Espinosa.

Dixon is facing aggravated assault and robbery charges. Court documents show he had a court date on January 21st for an organized retail theft charge.

In 2011, court records show he pleaded guilty to a similar charge.  He reportedly admitted to stealing $1,700 worth of video games from Wal-Mart to pay for gas, cigarettes and heroin.

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