Deputies Nab Man Who Carjacked His Own Grandma

Brandon Gosnell

Nothing says rock bottom quite like carjacking your own grandmother.  And the Friday night carjacking was just the beginning of the havoc caused in three counties by 20-year-old Brandon Earl Gosnell.

Anderson deputies said they got a call that Gosnell had carjacked his own grandmother. They said he grabbed her by the throat, forced her from her car, robbed her and then drove off toward Spartanburg.

In Spartanburg County, deputies said Gosnell went to a relative’s house near Fingerville Saturday morning. They said he kicked in the door, threw several personal items inside and left.

While he was leaving, two of the men who lived there went outside. Police said Gosnell fired his shotgun at both of them and missed both times.

Deputies said he drove away and then ditched the car and ran off into some woods. They said he found an old red Ford truck in the woods and stole it from a hunter.

Spartanburg County sent out a “be on the lookout” alert, and a few hours later, Anderson County deputies spotted him.

“There was a challenge, there were some shots fired and the suspect was taken into custody and is being treated for apparently non life-threatening injuries,” said Anderson County Sheriff’s Office Capt. Daryl Loftis.

The situation ended in Greenville County, just past the county line.

Gosnell faces charges of assault and battery with intent to kill, burglary, and possession of a stolen vehicle charges in Spartanburg County. He will face charges in Anderson County as well.


The Anderson County Sheriff’s Office (ACSO) has charged Gosnell with seven counts of assault with intent to kill.  Deputies say he pointed a shotgun at them after the chase.  In addition, it is alleged that during his rampage Gosnell fired a shotgun at a group of five firefighters standing in front of the West Pelzer Fire Department.  The ACSO has also charged Gosnell with driving under suspension, failure to stop a motor vehicle when signaled by law enforcement, carjacking, and strong armed robbery.


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