PORTSMOUTH, Va. (WAVY) – Portsmouth Police arrested a man wanted for a violent carjacking, after an officer spotted the stolen vehicle days later.

The crime happened back on August 2 in the 400 block of Green Street across from the District restaurant in Olde Towne. When officers arrived on scene around 7:35 p.m., they located a man with life-threatening injuries, which they determined he received from being hit repeatedly with a hammer. The victim was taken to the hospital, where he is listed in stable condition.

Those who live on Green Street tell 10 On Your Side they saw police block off the street but didn’t see or hear the man get attacked.

An officer observed the stolen vehicle, a 2004 gold Cadillac, a couple days later and tried to pull it over, but the driver kept going. During a brief pursuit, the driver hit a curb and ditched the vehicle, but K-9 officers eventually caught up with the suspect.

38-year-old Desmond Raymell Horton has been charged with carjacking, aggravated malicious wounding, and eluding police – endangering persons.

Court documents show Horton was arrested for malicious wounding in 2004 and sentenced to six months in jail. He also has a grand larceny charge from 2005.

If you have any information about this case, you can submit an anonymous tip by calling 1-888-LOCK-U-UP, downloading the P3 tips app to a mobile device, or visiting www.P3tips.com and submitting a tip.