Two Hampton teenagers have been arrested in the armed carjackings of Uber and Lyft drivers in early October.
Jaden Tyriq Craig and Lottie’onna Williams, both 18, are charged with forcibly taking the drivers' cars at gunpoint one week apart in Hampton.
Just after 2:30 a.m. on Oct. 1, the Uber driver picked up a man and two women at Big Bethel and Joynes roads to take them to a 7-Eleven on Aberdeen Road. But when the store was closed, they asked the driver, a 53-year-old man in a 2018 Nissan Versa, to take a right turn on Aberdeen.
Craig pulled out a gun and “pressed the barrel” to the driver’s neck and told him to stop the car, according to a criminal complaint filed in Hampton General District Court. The driver obeyed, and the gunman told him “not to reach for anything,” and then “start running.”
The Nissan was seen heading south on Aberdeen Road, with the driver’s handgun and iPhone still in the car.
A week later, on Oct. 8, a 42-year-old Lyft driver in a 2018 Chevrolet Malibu picked up two customers at West Mercury Boulevard and Aberdeen Road about 12:30 a.m.
They asked her to take them to Gumwood Drive, a half-mile down Mercury. But when the store was closed, the complaint said, the female passenger asked that the driver take them to her house.
But when the driver asked for the new address, the complaint said, Williams “became silent,” the complaint said.
“Do you not know your address?” the driver asked.
The complaint said that’s when Craig got out of the car, pointed his gun at her, and ordered her out. She complied, and the pair took off.
Hampton police investigators worked with Uber and traced the mobile phone used in the first carjacking to Craig’s mother’s account with Metro PCS.
Police executed a search warrant at the family’s home on Joynes Road in late October.
Craig’s teenage sister was the third person in the car in the Oct. 1 incident, the court documents say. The complaint says that Craig used that phone to set up the trip with Uber, with Williams giving her some cash to compensate.
After the carjacking, the complaint said, the trio drove to “an unknown area of Virginia Beach,” where Williams threw the driver’s belongings off a pier. It wasn’t immediately clear if that included the Uber driver’s gun.
The Nissan was found the next day on Ansol Lane in Virginia Beach. That’s near Williams' family’s home on Bassett Avenue, near Lynnhaven Parkway and not far from Interstate 264.
The Chevrolet in the second carjacking -- a rental vehicle that had a GPS tracker -- was found in the same neighborhood.
Craig and Williams were each charged Friday with six felony counts -- two counts of carjacking, two counts of conspiracy to commit carjacking and two gun charges.
Each carjacking count is punishable between 15 years and life in prison.
They are being held without bond at the Hampton City Jail, with Williams due in court Thursday and Craig on Friday.
Peter Dujardin, 757-247-4749, email@example.com
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