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Prior felon wanted in Spotsylvania carjacking

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BY KEITH EPPS / THE FREE LANCE–STAR

A man wanted in connection with a carjacking early Friday in Spotsylvania has been identified as 42-year-old Estes Jennings.

Jennings, who just recently got out of jail, is accused in connection with an incident at the 7–Eleven store on Lafayette Boulevard in which a woman had her purse and car taken.

A clear image of the suspect was captured on the store surveillance camera, and Spotsylvania Sheriff’s Capt. Jeff Pearce said police received multiple calls identifying Jennings after releasing the picture.

Pearce said that Jennings, known on the streets as “Doughboy,” is considered armed and dangerous.

Residents are urged to call police regarding his whereabouts, but are warned not to approach or try to apprehend him. Jennings has no fixed address.

In Friday’s incident, the victim reported that a man followed her into the store about 3:40 a.m., and stood around while she made a purchase.

When she left the store, the man pulled a knife from his waistband, forced her into her vehicle and ordered her to drive to an unknown location.

The victim was able to jump out of the vehicle in the store parking lot and the man got into the driver’s seat and left. The vehicle was found a short time later, but her purse was missing.

Jennings had just been released from jail after serving a six-month sentence he got in February for a probation violation in Stafford County.

He had previously served seven years in prison after being convicted of robberies in Fredericksburg and Stafford in 2001, court records show.

The Stafford robbery occurred at a Food Lion in southern Stafford where Jennings used to work. Employees recognized him as the robber.

Jennings was also arrested on robbery charges last year in Spotsylvania, but they were later dropped.

Keith Epps: 540/374-5404

kepps@freelancestar.com

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