CAROLINE COUNTY, Va. (WTVR) – Virginia State Police are looking for a man and woman wanted in connection with an abduction and carjacking last weekend in Caroline County.
Police said in a news release Friday the pair left the scene of an accident and forced their way into a man’s truck, told him they had a gun and demanded he drive them away. About a mile later the pair told the driver to stop, jumped out of the truck and ran off into the woods.
This happened Saturday, Sept. 22 after a crash at the intersection of Route 1 and Marye Road. Police said the driver of a Pontiac G6 failed to stop at a stop sign and was hit by a 1998 Dodge Durango.
Three people inside the Pontiac were not injured. However, five people inside the Dodge, three of whom suffered injuries, were taken to Mary Washington Hospital in Fredericksburg.
Police said as Trooper M.C. Hite was attending to several of the injured, the Pontiac’s driver, Cheryl Ruedi, and backseat passenger, Trent Brooks, left the scene on foot.
Authorities said witnesses spotted them getting into a nearby pickup that was located near the crash scene.
Later on, around 7:15 p.m., a man told troopers at the crash scene he had been abducted by Ruedi and Brooks. The man stated that he was forced into his pickup truck by the man, who said he had a gun, and told to drive the pair away from the scene. They traveled west on Marye Road for about half a mile when Brooks ordered the man to stop the pickup truck. Brooks and Reudi then ran from the pickup truck and fled into the woods on foot.
Cheryl Ruedi, 22, of the 4000 block of Twilight Lane in Spotsylvania, is described as a white female, approximately 5 feet 2 inches tall, weighing 125 pounds with green eyes and brown hair.
Ruedi is facing several charges to include felony hit and run, possession with intent to distribute marijuana, driving on a suspended license, reckless driving and failure to obey a highway sign. Ruedi is also wanted by the Spotsylvania County Sheriff’s Office for grand larceny of a stolen vehicle.
Trent Brooks, 20, of the 4000 block of Twilight Lane in Spotsylvania, is described as a black male, approximately 5 feet seven inches tall, weighing approximately 160 pounds with brown eyes and black hair.
Brooks is facing several charges to include abduction, use of a firearm in the commission of a felony, carjacking, hit and run, possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, possession of a firearm with an active protective order, brandishing a firearm, and assault. Brooks is also wanted by the Spotsylvania County Sheriff’s Office for assault on a family member.
If you have any information that could help police, call 804-553-3445 or Trooper M.C. Hite at (804) 633- 6799.