Would-be kidnapper of Covington woman gets 40 years

CONYERS -- A man charged with attempting to carjack a woman and her infant grandchild in the Hobby Lobby parking lot in March pleaded guilty in Rockdale Superior Court last week.

According to the Rockdale District Attorney's Office, Musa Muhammad Abdul Alkarim, 28, of Atlanta, pleaded guilty to two counts of aggravated assault, one count of false imprisonment, one count of criminal attempt to commit hijacking of a motor vehicle and one count of entering an auto. Chief Judge David Irwin sentenced Alkarim to 40 years, the first 20 to be served in prison. Assistant District Attorney Dabney Kentner prosecuted the case.

Alkarim was arrested March 21 in Conyers after he held a 62-year-old Covington woman at knifepoint and tried to abduct her and the child in their car in broad daylight. Alkarim reportedly accosted the woman as she was putting her grandchild in the car.

Alkarim was armed with a butcher knife, which he held to the victim's throat. The woman screamed, which drew the attention of people in nearby stores and in the parking lot who came to the woman's aid. The suspect fled in a rented Nissan Altima, pursued by a passerby who jumped in his Cadillac Escalade and followed.

Police set up a perimeter and Alkarim was arrested a short time later in the area of the U.S. Post Office.

At the time, Conyers Police Chief Gene Wilson said the suspect was wearing two pairs of pants, apparently so he could change his appearance, and had latex gloves and zip-type ties to use as handcuffs on him.

Alkarim faces additional charges in DeKalb County in a similar incident in February at Stonecrest Mall.

In that incident, Alkarim allegedly robbed a 31-year-old Stockbridge woman at knifepoint, forced her to drive to an ATM and withdraw cash, and then zip-tied her to the steering wheel of her car in the Stonecrest Mall area. That woman also had a child in the car.

Alkarim is charged with kidnapping, aggravated assault and armed robbery in DeKalb County.