Two suspects were arrested in Atlanta and will be charged with carjacking Hawks forward Shelden Williams at gunpoint.
The men have been accused of five armed robberies near Atlanta and are being held at the Douglas County jail, police said yesterday. They are to be charged in Fulton County on Williams' carjacking but first must answer to the charges in Douglas County.
The suspects were identified as Bernard Moss and Darius Mathis, each 18 with an Atlanta address. They appeared in court yesterday.
Williams was approached by two men outside a barber shop Saturday afternoon. One man pulled a gun and demanded the player's car keys, Fulton County Police spokesman Gary Syblis said. Williams was not injured, and he gave officers the license-plate number. Police said his car was heavily damaged.
Dougasville Police chief Joe Whisenant said Moss and Mathis were arrested Saturday after their alleged involvement in two armed robberies with shoppers leaving Arbor Place Mall in Douglas County, following the carjacking in Atlanta. The two were spotted when officers identified Williams' stolen car.
Police said the suspects sideswiped about five vehicles, slid into a tree and ran. Dogs assisted police in the arrest. One suspect was treated at a hospital for dog bites.
The carjacking is the latest attack on a professional athlete. Washington Redskins star Sean Taylor was shot and killed at his home in what is believed to have been a botched burglary.
This month, Indiana Pacers guard Jamaal Tinsley and his entourage were shot at in a parking lot outside an Indianapolis hotel.
In games last night:
* At Cleveland, Zydrunas Ilgauskas scored the Cavaliers' first six points in the second overtime in a 104-99 win over Milwaukee. LeBron James, who became the youngest player to score 9,000 career points earlier in the game, led Cleveland with 31 points.
* At Memphis, Stephen Jackson had 28 points and 12 rebounds, and Monta Ellis added 23 points to help Golden State end a three-game road losing streak with a 125-117 victory over the Grizzlies. The Warriors' victory overshadowed 32 points from Memphis forward Rudy Gay, the second consecutive game in which he has surpassed 30.
* At Portland, Brandon Roy had 24 points and eight assists, Martell Webster finished with 13 points and Steven Blake added 10 as the Trail Blazers beat New Orleans, 88-76.
* At San Antonio, Grant Hill had 22 points and Phoenix handed the Spurs their first home loss of the season, 100-95. Tim Duncan led the Spurs with a season-high 36 points and 17 rebounds.
* At Dallas, Dirk Nowitzki scored 11 of his 31 points in the fourth quarter and the Mavericks shut down Dwight Howard (22 points, 13 rebounds) in the final three quarters to hold off Orlando, 111-108.
* At Atlanta, Carlos Boozer scored a season-high 39 points and had 12 rebounds for Utah, but Joe Johnson scored 26 points to help the Hawks end a nine-game losing streak against the Jazz with a 116-111 win. Utah lost to Atlanta for the first time since Oct. 31, 2002.
* At New York, Mike Dunleavy scored 22 of his career-high 36 points in the third quarter, and Indiana beat the Knicks, 119-92. Jermaine O'Neal added 22 points, 2 days after suffering a mild concussion in a victory at Miami.
* At Miami, Dwyane Wade survived a horrendous shooting night to score 30 points, Udonis Haslem added 18 and the Heat finally found a way to win at home, beating Minnesota, 91-87. Shaquille O'Neal scored 15 points and added eight rebounds before fouling out for Miami. *