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.