ALEXANDRIA, VA (WUSA9) - A 23-year-old man was been arrested after carjacking a woman in Alexandria, Virginia early Tuesday morning, police said.
Around 6:05 a.m., police received a call for reports of a carjacking at a BP gas station near the intersection of Telegraph Road and East Drive.
According to police, 23-year-old John Holomon Russell pulled out a gun, threatened the woman and told her to get out of her car. She got out of the car and that is when he sped away.
A short time later, police spotted the stolen SUV and began to pursue it. Russell then struck a tree, four cars and fled on foot in the 5900 block of Edgehill Court. He was caught a short time later.
Police found a machete and pellet gun inside the vehicle.
Brown Academy opened two hours late while police searched for the suspect.
The victim did not need medical attention.
Russell has been charged with carjacking, use of a firearm in the commission of a felony, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, felony speed to elude, four counts of misdemeanor hit and run and driving on a suspended license.
Anyone who witnessed the initial carjacking or with additional information about this incident is asked to contact the Major Crimes Division at 703-246-7800, or Crime Solvers electronically by visiting www.fairfaxcrimesolvers.org or text-a-tip by texting “TIP187” plus your message to CRIMES(274637)** or by calling 1-866-411-TIPS(8477), or call Fairfax County Police at 703-691-2131.
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