Natatia Bledsoe is the public information officer for the Fredericksburg Police Department.
Police seek info on attempted carjacking
500 block Jefferson Davis Hwy, 5/28 5:15 pm. A Spotsylvania resident reported that as he exited a store in the Fredericksburg Shopping Center, he saw two male subjects standing next to his vehicle. One of the males, later identified as Daryl Stewart, 25, of Spotsylvania, made a threatening statement to the victim and then Stewart and the other male got into the back of a gold Ford Ranger pickup occupied by two additional men in the front seat.
The pickup began to leave. When the victim made a comment in answer to Stewart’s threat, Stewart and the second male jumped out of the pickup bed and approached the victim, demanding his car keys. The victim refused to give up his keys and Stewart began searching the victim’s pockets. When the victim resisted again, Stewart pulled out a folding knife and threatened the victim with it until the two males inside the pickup started yelling for him to get back in the truck.
Before leaving the shopping center, the pickup driver blocked in the victim’s vehicle and all four subjects taunted the victim, then they followed him as he left the parking lot and went south on Jefferson Davis Hwy. The victim turned onto Cowan Blvd and flagged an officer down near Police Headquarters.
The victim had seen the four subjects leaving a store in the shopping center just prior to this encounter, and Stewart was subsequently identified as a possible suspect through his credit card transaction at the business. The victim later positively identified Stewart through a photo line-up.
Warrants have been obtained for Stewart charging him with attempted robbery and attempted carjacking. The remaining suspects have not yet been identified and Stewart had not been arrested by the time of this report. The investigation is ongoing.
If anyone has information regarding the whereabouts of Daryl Anthony Stewart or additional details about this crime, please contact the Fredericksburg Police Department at 540-373-3122.