Woman arrested, accused of targeting seniors, stealing cars, carjacking and robbery in Gloucester and Newport News

Posted at 3:50 PM, Feb 06, 2018
and last updated 2018-02-09 13:12:58-05

HAMPTON ROADS, Va. - Law enforcement Officers in several cities were looking for a woman who they said targeted elderly victims.

31-year-old Cathy Marie Chapman was wanted for carjacking, robbery and stealing a car.

On February 9 police said she was taken into custody.

Deputies in Gloucester said on January 28 Chapman took a senior citizen’s car without permission and failed to return the car.

Authorities said the owner of the vehicle tried to get in touch with her but she hasn’t responded to calls.

They said the vehicle was described as a blue 1996 Toyota Tercel Virginia tag WXM-5654. Notable characteristics were that the door handle on the driver’s side is broken and missing.

Chapman had outstanding warrants in Gloucester for unauthorized use of a vehicle, assault and battery as well as multiple unrelated charges in Newport News.

The victims were coming out of the Medicap Pharmacy on the 900 block of J. Clyde Morris Blvd on January 2.

Chapman is accused of asking them for directions, then sticking an object to the back of one of the victims.

She is accused of carjacking and robbery.  Police say she forced two women, a 50-year-old and an 89-year-old, back into their car and drove them to several locations.

At one point, a male suspect allegedly got into the car too.

The suspects demanded the victims’ wallets, took their cash and a cell phone. They then forced the 50-year-old woman to drive to the parking lot of a nearby business. This is where police say the suspects exited the vehicle and ordered the victims not to call police.

The Hispanic man suspect is believed to have been five feet tall, around 50 yearsold and has black hair, according to the description given to police.

Additionally, News 3 uncovered that Chapman was arrested on Christmas Day for taking a car from the 9000 block of Piankatank Drive in Gloucester.


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