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Suspect charged in connection to carjacking after man gave him ride

Wright Bernard Raynor (Pamunkey Regional Jail)
Wright Bernard Raynor (Courtesy Pamunkey Regional Jail)

An 18-year-old man is facing several charges after police say he stole a man’s car when he gave him and another man a ride to Gloucester Point in January.

Wright Bernard Raynor, of Bowling Green, is charged with carjacking, use of a firearm during the commission of a felony, grand larceny, conspire to commit grand larceny and petit larceny, according to a York-Poquoson Sheriff’s Office Facebook post.

Police believe Raynor and another man were involved in a carjacking in the 900 block of Denbigh Boulevard in York County that left the victim with “obvious facial injuries,” according to a previous post.

The sheriff’s office is still seeking at least one other suspect, the post said. An investigation is ongoing. 

Police received a call around 10 p.m. Jan. 21 about a man trying to wave cars down near Rips Food Store on Denbigh Boulevard, police said.

The victim 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.

When 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.

The warrant for Raynor’s arrest was served at the Pamunkey Regional Jail in Hanover, where Raynor is being held on other unrelated charges, the post said.

Police previously said they were seeking a man possibly named “Bernard” who may be from the Mechanicsville area.

WYDaily archives were used in this story.

Sarah Fearing
Sarah Fearing
Sarah Fearing is the Assistant Editor at WYDaily. Sarah was born in the state of Maine, grew up along the coast, and attended college at the University of Maine at Orono. Sarah left Maine in October 2015 when she was offered a job at a newspaper in West Point, Va. Courts, crime, public safety and civil rights are among Sarah’s favorite topics to cover. She currently covers those topics in Williamsburg, James City County and York County. Sarah has been recognized by other news organizations, state agencies and civic groups for her coverage of a failing fire-rescue system, an aging agriculture industry and lack of oversight in horse rescue groups. In her free time, Sarah enjoys lazing around with her two cats, Salazar and Ruth, drinking copious amounts of coffee and driving places in her white truck.

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