GAINESVILLE, Va. – Virginia State Police have released a composite sketch of a suspect in a carjacking that took place on Thursday in Gainesville.
Investigators say the armed man took a woman’s car in the parking lot of a store located in the 13300 block of Gateway Center Drive just before 9 p.m. Police say the female victim was approached by a man with a handgun as she walked to her car, and they say he forced her inside before taking off in the vehicle.
A state trooper spotted the car, a 2009 Dodge Journey, on Interstate 495 South before it crossed the Woodrow Wilson Bridge into Prince George’s County, Maryland. The car exited the interstate and the driver pulled into a parking lot of a fast-food restaurant before losing control of the car and hitting a concrete median, police say.
The suspect left the scene on foot, and police were not able to locate him despite an extensive search of the area. A composite sketch was released in hopes that someone in the community may recognize him and contact law enforcement officals.
The suspect is described as a light-skinned black male, 25-30 years-old, six foot tall, with a thin build. He was last seen wearing a long-sleeve light-colored dress shirt, khaki pants with white socks and black shoes. The suspect was also wearing a blue knit cap with a white stripe across it.
Virginia State Police encourages anyone who may have been in the area or who may recognize the individual to call the Virginia State Police at (703) 803-0026.