Wednesday, February 8, 2023

Woman carjacked, suspects on the lam

NEWPORT NEWS — Police in the area are on the lookout for four black men they say carjacked a woman’s vehicle at gunpoint Monday night.

The suspects also led police in a car chase. Police said the suspects also tried to carjack another vehicle from another woman just minutes before this incident.

The carjacking happened around 10:27 p.m. in the 1000 block of Blackwater Way.

There, the woman, a 36-year-old Newport News resident, told officers the four black men were in a black vehicle. One of the suspects “brandished a firearm” and demanded the woman to hand over the keys to her black Kia Rio, police said.

She handed the keys to the suspect, and the men left in the vehicle they were in and the woman’s vehicle.

A short time later, Hampton Police spotted the Kia Rio and the suspects’ vehicle in the 1st block of Derby Drive in Hampton and attempted to pull them over. Police said the suspects refused to stop and led officers in a chase.

Police decided to end the chase on Interstate 64 when “the speed became unsafe,” authorities said.

Some 12 minutes before this carjacking, Newport News Police officers were sent to the to the 900 block of Omni Boulevard “in reference to a person with a gun.”

There, a 45-year-old Hampton woman told police she was in the back parking lot at the Holiday Inn when an unidentified black man wearing dark clothes “tapped on her vehicle with a firearm and demanded her keys.”

The woman told the suspect she didn’t have the keys. The man turned around and got into a “black sedan” with three other black men.

Information regarding other physical descriptions of the suspects, their vehicle and the license plate No. of the Kia Rio was not immediately released.

Police believe the two incidents are related.

The suspects remain at large as of Tuesday morning.

John Mangalonzo
John Mangalonzo
John Mangalonzo ( is the managing editor of Local Voice Media’s Virginia papers – WYDaily (Williamsburg), Southside Daily (Virginia Beach) and HNNDaily (Hampton-Newport News). Before coming to Local Voice, John was the senior content editor of The Bellingham Herald, a McClatchy newspaper in Washington state. Previously, he served as city editor/content strategist for USA Today Network newsrooms in St. George and Cedar City, Utah. John started his professional journalism career shortly after graduating from Lyceum of The Philippines University in 1990. As a rookie reporter for a national newspaper in Manila that year, John was assigned to cover four of the most dangerous cities in Metro Manila. Later that year, John was transferred to cover the Philippine National Police and Armed Forces of the Philippines. He spent the latter part of 1990 to early 1992 embedded with troopers in the southern Philippines as they fought with communist rebels and Muslim extremists. His U.S. journalism career includes reporting and editing stints for newspapers and other media outlets in New York City, California, Texas, Iowa, Utah, Colorado and Washington state.

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