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Police: Man arrested after carjacking Lexus, stealing firearm

Defredrick Young Jr, 32 (Courtesy Virginia Peninsula Regional Jail)

James City County Police have arrested a Richmond man in connection to an alleged robbery and carjacking in February.

Newport News deputies served Defredrick Young, 32, with warrants out of James City County June 12, charging him with robbery, carjacking, grand larceny and use of a firearm in the commission of a felony, according to James City County Police Deputy Chief Steve Rubino.

The charges stem from a Feb. 20 incident in the 5500 block of Olde Towne Road. Police believe Young robbed a man of money then stole his 2007 Lexus, using a handgun he took from another man, Rubino said.

The two alleged victims were “hanging out and listening to music” in the driveway of a residence around 8:30 p.m. when Young walked up and joined in, Rubino said. Police spokeswoman Stephanie Williams previously said the owner of the car knew Young.

At some point, Young reached into the Lexus and pulled out a Sig Sauer handgun belonging to the man who did not own the car, Rubino said.

Young allegedly pointed the gun at the Lexus’ owner and demanded cash, which the victim gave to him.

He then stole the vehicle and drove off, Rubino said.

The victim located his vehicle on Barlow Road in York County on Feb. 23.

The gun belonging to the second victim was no longer inside when the car was recovered, Williams said. The vehicle also sustained some front end damage while it had been stolen, she said.

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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