Carjacking Suspect Faces Charges in Stafford, Prince William
May 10, 2011 10:36 am - Potomac Local News
Update 1 p.m.
Prince William police say the carjacking suspect arrested Monday night in North Stafford began his crime spree in Dale City.
At 8:31 p.m., a 39-year-old man from Fredericksburg said he had just pulled into a parking lot in the 2900 block of Dale Boulevard, at the Ashdale shopping plaza, when a man walked up to him and asked for money.
When the victim refused, the man brandished a firearm and took the keys to the victim’s car then drove off with the man inside, said Prince William police spokesman Jonathan Perok.
The car was later found abandoned in North Stafford.
Original Post 10:20 a.m.
North Stafford, Va. –– A carjacking suspect threatened to kill everyone inside a Mexican restaurant Monday night, police say.
Stafford sheriff’s deputies about 9:30 p.m. were called to Salisbury and Greenspring drives off Garrisonville Road (Va. 610) after a report of a suspect in a carjacking in Prince William County had driven to Stafford. Deputies found the car involved in the carjacking abandoned off Salisbury Drive in North Stafford, and then began to search for the suspect who was believed to be on foot.
A bystander told a deputy that there was a “crazy man” that had just robbed his friend, said Stafford sheriff’s spokesman Bill Kennedy.
Investigators would soon learn that a 16-year-old male walking to his father’s car parked outside Pancho Villa restaurant on Va. 610 was approached by a man who grabbed him, forced him over to the car and demanded that he drive him away.
The victim had been dining at the restaurant with his father and a friend.
The victim told the suspect that he didn’t know how to drive his father’s car because it had a stick shift transmission. The suspect punched the victim in the head and threatened to shoot him, said Kennedy.
Afterward, the suspect ordered the victim into the passenger seat of the car and then got into the driver’s seat. Apparently, the suspect also didn’t know how to drive a stick shift car. The suspect then robbed the victim of a small amount of cash, and then demanded he go back into the restaurant and find the keys to an automatic car.
The victim went to the side door of the restaurant, spoke with his friend and asked him for the keys to his car. The suspect then walked up and a brief struggle ensued between the suspect and the victim’s friend, an d then thesuspect fled the scene.
Sheriff’s deputies set up a search and found the suspect about 40 minutes later at a nearby IHOP restaurant in the Doc Stone shopping plaza, said Kennedy.
Travis Honore, 21, of no fixed address, is charged with carjacking, robbery, abduction, and with driving under the influence and was held without bond.
Prince William police have yet to release details in this case.