May 16, 2011
Charlottesville Police are investigating a breaking and entering and reported armed carjacking in the Barracks Road Shopping Center early Monday morning. Chief Tim Longo told CBS19 the two incidents are likely connected.
"Most of my attention has been focused on gathering information in regards to this robbery and getting a dangerous man off the streets, especially because of the fact that he is armed with a hand gun," said Chief Longo.
Police responded to an alarm activation at Gamestop in the Barracks Road Shopping Center shortly before 5am Monday morning. Upon arrival, they noticed a glass window had been smashed in. However, it appears nothing was stolen.
Minutes later, an African-American male approached a man at his 2005 Kia van in the Burger King parking lot, a few hundred feet from Gamestop. After being denied a ride, the suspect reportedly told the driver to give up his car, at which point the victim says he heard what sounded like a hand gun being racked.
"[The suspect] first asked [the victim] for a ride but when he refused, he produced a hand gun, pointed it at the individual and demanded he hand over his car," Chief Longo explained.
The victim handed over his keys and reported the incident police. The vehicle was later recovered on Old Lynchburg Road near Azalea Park. Two birthday presents for the man's 9-year-old son, a guitar and a scooter, are missing from the vehicle.
"We certainly would like to apprehend the suspect and get those presents back for that 9-year-old child," Longo said.
No one was injured in either incident.
The suspect is described as an African-American male, standing 5'8" to 5'10" inches tall and weighing between 160 and 180 pounds. Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stopper at 434-977-4000.