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Accused carjacker appears in court after police chase ends in crash

Ryan Pearson, 31, ordered held without bond

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – An accused armed carjacker appeared in court Friday after he was accused of leading police on a chase that ended in a crash in Fort Lauderdale.

Police said Ryan Pearson, 31, bailed out of a Nissan Armada Thursday afternoon after crashing it near Cypress Creek Road and Andrews Avenue.

Police said he tried to rob a man in a parking garage at Broward Health Medical Center in the 1600 block of South Andrews Avenue, but the victim ran off.

Police said Pearson then set his sights on two women in the garage. 

Implying that he had a gun in his waistband, Pearson took their cellphones and the SUV, which he later crashed while trying to get away from police, authorities said.

According to an arrest report, Pearson rear-ended a vehicle on Davie Boulevard while fleeing from police. People in that car were injured.

Pearson is facing five charges, including armed carjacking and aggravated fleeing with serious injury.

He was ordered held without bond.