Staff from the Immanuel Baptist Church alerted police, the U.S. Attorney’s Office says. Authorities reportedly tried to contact the pastor on his cellphone without success and attempted to locate him using electronic means like OnStar, cellphone providers, and bank card use records.
Upon further investigation, the U.S. Attorney’s Office says authorities were able to locate the stolen car in Lumberton, N.C., at around 12:09 p.m. According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Florence Police officers alerted the Lumberton Police Department about the incident, which then sent officers to rescue the pastor and arrest Wright.
Wright was arrested and charged with one count of kidnapping and one count of carjacking. According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office, if convicted, he faces a maximum penalty of life in prison. Wright is reportedly in federal custody at the Florence County Detention Center, and his arraignment is scheduled for Feb. 3.