2 charged in carjacking, robbery that started on the Southside and ended in Henrico

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RICHMOND, Va. – A police chase that ended in a Henrico crash Thursday afternoon started with a carjacking and abduction in Richmond, according to Crime Insider sources.

Those sources say the wrecked SUV in Henrico belongs to a maintenance man at the Saint John’s Woods apartments on Richmond's Southside.

While working at the complex, the maintenance worker was abducted and carjacked around 1 p.m. in the 500 block of Argyle Terrace.

"That's not something I've heard of, and especially in broad daylight to do something like this is pretty intense," said Saint John’s resident Robert Shuffett.

Crime Insider sources say two armed suspects, 18-year-old Ja'imon Cannon and 18-year-old Gregory Alston Jr., forced the man to get money from an ATM at a Wawa convenience store on Staples Mill Road, near East Parham Road.

Ja'imon Cannon and Gregory Alston Jr.

But while there, the victim was somehow able to alert police he was being robbed.

When Henrico Police pulled up, the two men took off, leading to a brief chase and a crash at Hungary Drive.

Nearby Brookland Middle was placed on a precautionary lockdown during the incident.

"We were all in school like what's happening," said Joshua Perez an 8th grader at Brookland Middle School.

Back where Thursday incident started, Shuffett says they've had to digest a lot of crime and destruction in recent months at Saint John’s Woods.

"It’s been very, very long four months," said Shuffett. "The crime, and dealing with the safety of the area itself.”

So far, both suspects have been charged with carjacking, attempting robbery, and possession of a firearm in the commission of a felony in Henrico County. Charges in Richmond are pending.

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