WOODBRIDGE, Va. (WUSA) - Funeral services were held Friday for a 61-year-old Alexandria woman who was killed in an auto accident last Saturday afternoon after she'd been abducted and robbed by two young men. Prince William county police are continuing their investigation into the incident, and released some new information in the case on Friday.
Police say Barbara Jean Bosworth of Alexandria was accosted by two men at Springfield Mall, who were armed with what was later determined to be a toy gun, who then forced her to use her ATM card to try to make purchases at a Woodbridge convenience store, and then crashed her car as they fled.
Police received calls from witnesses about a suspicious situation Saturday afternoon. One witness saw the woman in the PDQ Mart on Cardinal Drive in Woodbridge, accompanied by two young men, who appeared to be escorting her around the store. The witness told an acquaintance about the situation and that man approached the woman and hugged her, pretending to know her. He whispered in her ear and asked if she needed help. She indicated that she did.
The man called police with a description of the car and the situation, and then attempted to follow the suspects when they fled. A police officer on Cardinal Drive saw the car speed toward Route 1. The driver lost control and crashed into some trees at the intersection of Neabsco Road and Indus Drive.
Ms. Bosworth was found in the car deceased. One of the suspects was ejected from the vehicle and the other was found in the car. Both men were flown to a trauma center, and one, identified as Lutchman Chandler, later died. The other suspect, Keith Baskerville remains in critical condition.
Police provided additional details in a statement released Friday. Police say based on the accident investigation, and on images recovered from surveillance cameras at Springfield mall and the convenience store, as well as witness interviews, investigators have determined that Lutchman Chandler was driving the stolen car when it crashed; Barbara Bosworth was in the front passenger seat, and Keith Baskerville was in the rear seat.
In addition, police say that a weapon recovered at the scene was a toy gun that was stolen from a store at Springfield Mall that same afternoon.