A multi-state manhunt for an accused carjacker ended peacefully Wednesday in Iowa City.

A team of law enforcement officers, led by U.S. Marshals from Des Moines and Cedar Rapids, arrested a Mississippi man without incident as he was standing outside an Iowa City department store, according to a news release from the U.S. Marshals Office.

Omar Christolis Bankhead, 24, was wanted by the Clinton, Mississippi, Police Department after he was accused of carjacking a Mississippi College student at gunpoint in a campus parking garage on April 2.

Security camera footage and the public’s assistance enabled police to identify Bankhead as the suspect.

Police obtained a warrant for Bankhead’s arrest on April 4. But by that time, authorities had received information that Bankhead may have left the state.

On April 6, a white 2015 Kia Optima — the same vehicle Bankhead is accused of carjacking in Mississippi — was found in Moline by Moline police officers. Bankhead was not with the vehicle.

On Wednesday, law enforcement officials developed information that Bankhead was possibly staying near the University of Iowa campus in Iowa City.

Just before 4 p.m. Wednesday, officers spotted Bankhead outside a department store at 919 Highway 1 West in Iowa City. Officers arrested him without incident.

Bankhead was transported to the Johnson County Jail in Iowa City where he is awaiting extradition proceedings back to Mississippi.


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