October 4, 2006
Police in Charlottesville are investigating an attempted carjacking and abduction. There is evidence from the scene, but police still need your help.
Police say they are dealing with a double whammy, and this was no ordinary case of a carjacking, or abduction. The person who tried to take someone's car had help waiting in another spot.
"We're asking that citizens in the area be particularly vigilant right now in keep their doors locked, and not allowing people to get rides," said Charlottesville Police Captain Chip Harding.
Captain Chip Harding gives that warning after a man posing as a hitch-hiker did something very wrong.
"The man was a little bit aggressive and intimidating, so he gave him a ride," said Captain Harding.
Police say around 8:00 a.m. Tuesday, the phony hitchhiker took advantage of a good Samaritan on U.S. Route 29 and Hydraulic Road. The hitchhiker allegedly tapped the window of a car at the intersection asking for a ride to the Barracks Road Shopping Center. The driver said sure, but quickly noticed something was not right when a car began to follow him.
"As they turned into the Barrack Road Shopping Center, the man in the car who had apparently had been working...with those that were following, pulled out a hand gun and ordered the victim out of the car," said Captain Harding.
The hitchhiker got out, and so did the person in the other car. Both were armed.
"They both told him to get into the trunk of the car, but he refused. He said his billfold was in the seat, and he took off running," said Captain Harding.
One of the two guys ran after him, and tackled him, and hit him in the head. They took the wallet from the car, but witnesses found it near-by.
Police are still investigating this, so details on the suspects are very limited. All police know to look for now is an older model Honda, black in color, with tricked out wheels.
Police know several cars may look like that, but ask if you see one similar to that description that you give them a call.
The attempted carjacking and abduction did happen in broad daylight, so police say some of you may have seen it, and did not realize what was going on.
If you were in the area at the time, they want you to call Crime Stoppers at (434) 977-4000.