Fair Oaks Police District–Police arrested a Springfield area man after he allegedly stole a van parked at a busy grocery store parking lot on Sunday, August 1 around 6:30 p.m.; the van also contained three 5-year-olds.
A 49-year-old Chantilly woman was sitting in her 2011 Nissan Maxima at the Shoppers Food Warehouse parking lot on 13920 Lee Jackson Memorial Highway, while waiting for a relative to finish grocery shopping.
A man approached her vehicle, yelled at her, then allegedly struck her and jumped into the driver’s seat. He drove off with three children still in the back seat. The suspect pulled over prior to leaving the parking lot, ordered the children to get out, which they did, exiting the vehicle unharmed.
Patrol officers observed the suspect traveling at a high rate of speed westbound on Routes 28 and 50 and followed the vehicle onto Loudoun County Parkway. The driver apparently lost control of the automobile, which jumped a curb and came to rest in the grass. The suspect then jumped on top of the car and scaled a fence, where he was met by officers who thwarted his escape attempt, then took him into custody.
Police charged Charles William Lawrence, 28, of 7505 Tralee Woods Court with carjacking, three counts of abduction, and speeding to elude.
Lawrence was taken to Inova Fair Oaks Hospital and was treated for non life-threatening injuries.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Crime Solvers by phone at 1-866-411-TIPS/8477, email at www.fairfaxcrimesolvers.org or text “TIP187” plus your message to CRIMES/274637 or call Fairfax County Police at 703-691-2131.
An unidentified customer prepares to leave a Chantilly area Shoppers Food Warehouse on Lee Jackson Memorial Highway in Fairfax, scene of a car hijacking on August 1. (photo: C Ivy Bigbee 2010)