Three men who tried to carjack a man by beating him with a wooden stick outside a fitness center were forced to flee when their victim fought back with his mixed martial arts training, police said.
A would-be thief even managed to get into the victim’s car but couldn’t drive off because he didn’t know how to drive a manual transmission, Stafford County Sheriff’s Office said.
Police were called to Anytime Fitness in Stafford, Virginia, 40 miles south of Washington DC, to reports of a fight in the parking lot just before 5 p.m. on Tuesday.
Multiple callers contacted local police to report three men who assaulted an unidentified gym member in an attempt to steal his car.
Police identified the suspects as 19-year-old Jabez Clark, 18-year-old Korey Richardson and 20-year-old Jacob Land.
The three men allegedly punched the victim multiple times, but the gym member defended himself and fought back, officials said.
One of the suspects eventually grabbed the man’s car keys after dropping them and jumped into the car.
Deputies said a victim fought back against three people: Korey Richardson (left), Jacob Land (right) and Jabez Clark, who tried to carjack him while beating him with a large wooden stick, believed to be a baseball bat, in Stafford County
Jabez Clark (pictured), 19, and two others attempted to carjack the unidentified victim’s car but failed after failing to know how to drive a manual transmission vehicle
But the three attackers were unable to flee at the time because they did not know how to drive cars with manual transmissions, agents said.
Finally, after giving up attempting to drive away, the aggressors got out of the car before more people from the gym rushed to stop the carjacking attempt.
All three suspects were able to get back into their own car and flee the crime scene.
Officials learned the suspects were driving a white Acura sedan with Mississippi plates and were quickly spotted by a sheriff’s deputy trying to pull the car over on Garrisonville Road near I-95, the main north-south highway on the highway. east coast.
However, instead of stopping, the suspects took off and headed north on I-95 at a speed of 148 mph, deputies said.
Near mile marker 145, the suspects entered the HOV lanes by crashing through the barrier arm and began driving against traffic, heading north.
Officials found out the suspects were driving a white Acura sedan with Mississippi plates, prompting police in a high-speed chase
Delegates from Stafford County, the Virginia State Police and a naval base in Quantico set up a perimeter around the area.
The three suspects eventually got out of the vehicle and fled on foot. They were trying to get into the wooded median strip between the HOV lanes and the southbound lanes of the highway.
There have been no crashes and no injuries.
A police dog named Titan and his handler, Sgt. BU Demirci, was able to follow the suspects through the forest and found the three men. They were told to surrender or the K-9 would be deployed. Two of the men obeyed the sergeant’s instructions.
“The third suspect misjudged his own speed or the speed of the K-9 Titan and tried to run away,” Stafford County officers said. “This attempt was futile because K-9 Titan was released and the suspect was apprehended within 50 meters.”
According to the Stafford County Sheriff’s Office, Clark is charged with carjacking, theft, conspiracy, intentional injury, assault, vandalism and possession of burglary tools.
Richardson is charged with carjacking, theft, conspiracy, evasion, reckless driving and hit and run; while Land is charged with car theft, conspiracy and vandalism.
All three suspects are being held at the Rappahannock Regional Prison with no bond, although Land was briefly hospitalized for treatment for a dog bite.
Their trial date or location is unknown.