Police ID suspected Target carjacker, one arrested

Metro Wire Staff

Stevens Point police have announced that the suspect in a Monday carjacking has been arrested in Missouri.

William P. Gentry, 51, of Soddy Daisy, Tenn., was arrested by police in Springfield, Mo., on Thursday morning. Police were notified that Gentry was seen in the area of Soddy Daisy, and local police there found him, and the vehicle he is suspected of stealing, at a local motel.

Police were called to Target, 5300 Hwy. 10 East, on April 11 when a woman called 911 at 6:58 p.m. to report a man had threatened her and stolen her car. After asking the public for help in locating the suspect, the man was later identified at Gentry.

According to a news release from SPPD on Tuesday morning, Gentry approached the woman as she parked and exited her car, grabbed her arm, and said, “Give me your keys or I’ll stab you.”

The woman said she did not see a knife, but the man took her keys from her hand, then drove the car away, west through the parking lot, to Maple Bluff Rd., then west on Hwy. 10 and north on I-39.

The woman was uninjured during the incident.

According to Lt. Joe Johnson from SPPD, the woman’s blue 2016 Chevy Cruze was recovered at the Springville motel.

Wisconsin court records show that an arrest warrant for Gentry was issued by Portage Co. Branch I Circuit Court Judge Thomas B. Eagon on April 14. Gentry faces charges of armed robbery/use of force and operating without consent/possession of a weapon, both Class C felonies.

It was not immediately clear when Gentry would be extradited to Wisconsin.