Police: Men beat, rob, steal car of driver who offered them ride

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Authorities are searching for a suspect, pictured here, possibly with a first name of Bernard. He is believed to have been involved in a carjacking in York County Saturday. A source has indicated to police he may be from Mechanicsville, Virginia. (Courtesy York-Poquoson Sheriff's Office)
Authorities are searching for a suspect, pictured here, possibly with a first name of Bernard. He is believed to have been involved in a carjacking in York County Saturday. A source has indicated to police he may be from Mechanicsville, Virginia. (Courtesy York-Poquoson Sheriff’s Office)

Investigators from the York-Poquoson Sheriff’s Office are searching for two men who they believe stole a man’s car as he gave them a ride to the Gloucester Point area from Newport News Saturday evening.

Police received a call around 10 p.m. Saturday about a man trying to wave down cars driving past near Rips Food Store on Denbigh Boulevard in York County, according to a sheriff’s office news release.

Deputies arrived on scene to find an adult male with “obvious facial injuries,” who said he had been assaulted and robbed by two men as he gave them a ride, the release said. The men had taken his vehicle, wallet and cell phone.

The victim was transported to a local hospital for treatment, where he told investigators he had picked up an acquaintance’s roommate in Hampton, then drove to the Denbigh area of Newport News to pick up a second man, the release said.

The two passengers asked the driver to take them to Gloucester Point.

Once the car was on Denbigh Boulevard, the two men asked the victim to pull over on a fire road so they could go to the bathroom. The driver also exited the vehicle. When he tried to get back in the car, one of the passengers grabbed him from behind, beating him and rummaging through his pockets, the release said.

The victim tried to defend himself with a knife, but was unable to because he was being restrained, police said.

The men, one of whom implied he had a firearm, took the man’s keys and left, driving in the direction of Newport News.

Police are searching for a carjacking suspect, pictured here, possibly with a first name Bernard. (Courtesy York-Poquoson Sheriff's Office)
Police are searching for a carjacking suspect, pictured here, possibly with a first name Bernard. (Courtesy York-Poquoson Sheriff’s Office)

Late in the day Sunday, the victim’s stolen vehicle was found with three people inside at a Wawa convenience store in Newport News. The driver of the stolen car told police they had received the car from one of the carjacking suspects earlier that afternoon, the release said.

The driver was arrested on outstanding warrants from Newport News Police and was charged with possession of stolen property.

The victim was able to recover his car after it was found at the Wawa, the release said.

Follow up interviews by police indicate one of the alleged attackers may be a man named “Bernard,” who may be from the Mechanicsville area, police said.