Prosecutors: Man admits carjacking, injuring postal worker

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — A man has admitted that he carjacked a postal worker last year and held a box cutter against her neck, leaving the woman slightly injured.

Wallace Johnson, 32, of Newark, pleaded guilty Wednesday to carjacking and assaulting a federal employee, according to federal prosecutors. He faces up to 35 years in prison when he's sentenced May 18.

The June 6 carjacking occurred as the woman was sitting in a parked postal vehicle in Newark. Johnson approached the woman and held the box cutter against her neck while ordering her out of the car.

Johnson then got in the vehicle and drove away at a high rate of speed, authorities said. Police soon spotted the speeding car and tried to stop it, unaware that the vehicle had just been stolen.

Johnson crashed the car a few minutes later and ran off, but officers soon found him hiding behind a parked car in a nearby neighborhood. He was captured after a foot chase and had the postal worker's phone and the box cutter in his possession, authorities said.

The postal worker suffered a small laceration on her neck.