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Police: Virginia Beach pair carjacks van in Williamsburg

Police believe two people from Virginia Beach jumped into a van and told the driver to take them away from the scene of an assault and attempted robbery. (WYDaily/Courtesy Google Maps)
Williamsburg Police believe two people from Virginia Beach jumped into a van and told the driver to take them away from the scene of an assault and attempted robbery. (Southside Daily/Courtesy Google Maps)

Two Virginia Beach residents were arrested Tuesday after police say they were involved in a carjacking on Battery Boulevard in Williamsburg.

Kayla McManus, 22, and Christian Schroer, 23, were together in the 4200 block of Battery Boulevard around 4 p.m. when McManus approached a woman, attempted to take her keys and get into her car, Williamsburg Police spokesman Maj. Greg Riley said.

A struggle ensued as McManus tried to take the keys from the 19-year-old woman, causing the attempted robbery to be unsuccessful, Riley said.

McManus allegedly assaulted the woman during the struggle, but the woman was not injured.

After the struggle, Schroer, who had been nearby as the altercation occurred, stepped out onto Battery Boulevard in front of a van, stopped it, allowing both him and McManus to jump inside, Riley said.

Kayla McManus (Southside Daily photo/Courtesy of Virginia Peninsula Regional Jail)
Kayla McManus (Southside Daily photo/Courtesy of Virginia Peninsula Regional Jail)

The 54-year-old driver complied with the pair’s request to leave the scene, heading west on Battery Boulevard, Riley said.

After about 10 minutes, Williamsburg Police found the van on Route 199 between John Tyler Highway and Jamestown Road and stopped the vehicle.

Police took McManus and Schroer into custody and took them to the Virginia Peninsula Regional Jail.

McManus and Schroer are each charged with felony carjacking, Riley said.

McManus is also charged with robbery and misdemeanor assault in connection with an incident before the alleged carjacking.

Christian Schroer (Southside Daily photo/Courtesy of Virginia Peninsula Regional Jail)
Christian Schroer (Southside Daily photo/Courtesy of Virginia Peninsula Regional Jail)

Schroer is scheduled to appear for a hearing on Sept. 20 in Williamsburg-James City County General District Court.

Court records did not show a scheduled hearing date for McManus as of noon Wednesday.

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