Juvenile carjacks woman near Oceanfront

Posted at 3:55 PM, Jun 19, 2018
and last updated 2018-06-19 23:40:02-04

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. - A woman was carjacked near the Oceanfront in Virginia Beach Monday night, according to police.

Police got the call around 9:30 p.m.

They said the victim called 911 to report that a man pointed a gun at her and demanded her car on the 500 block of Barberton Drive.

It happened at the Little Theater of Virginia Beach.  A mother was waiting for her child to come out of rehearsal for the upcoming performance of Hairspray.

"We were rehearsing for 'Hairspray,' which opens on July 13. We’ve been rehearsing for couple weeks now and parents were just waiting for their kids to come out," said Sandy Lawrence, the Vice President of Business Little Theater of Virginia Beach. "This is very unusual. I’ve been a part of this theater since 1990. I don’t remember anything like this ever happening before."

Police said the suspect took off in the vehicle heading west on 24th street.

The description of the suspect and the vehicle were communicated to other law enforcement officers.

An officer spotted the car on I-264 at First Colonial heading west.

Police say two patrol units tried to stop the car, but the driver allegedly wouldn’t pull over.

The chase continued on I-264 E until just west of the Lynnhaven exits, according to police.

The suspect, later identified as a minor, was taken into custody without incident a short time later.

No one was injured during the incident.

The juvenile was charged with carjacking, use of a firearm in commission of a felony, felony eluding and unlicensed driving.

"The safety of our patrons volunteers and neighbors are of the upmost importance to us. We are talking about the best way to make sure this doesn’t happen again in the future," said Lawrence.