a 40-year-old DoorDash driver, Deon Smith, reported being carjacked at gunpoint by two individuals, including an 11-year-old, as detailed by Fox News.
While delivering for DoorDash after midnight on November 30, Smith was allegedly targeted outside a Virginia apartment complex by the two teenagers.
Ms Smith said she initially thought the “two kids” were asking for money, “but little did I know he was pointing a gun at me asking for my keys”.
“When he told me that he was going to shoot me I was like, ‘Are you serious? You want to kill somebody at your age,” the 40-year-old said, recalling the encounter. “I was asking where is your mom and why are you out here this time of night,” she added, as per the outlet.
The suspects demanded Smith’s keys, and the 18-year-old reportedly instructed the 11-year-old to take control of the vehicle. Smith promptly contacted the police, discovering an hour later that her car had crashed.
Both suspects, identified as 18-year-old Jahlia Henley and the 11-year-old, sustained non-life-threatening injuries and were hospitalized.
“The suspects fled the scene in the victim’s vehicle which was later located in Henrico County, crashed in a rural area,” a Richmond Police spokesperson said as per the outlet. “The two juvenile suspects inside the vehicle at the time of the crash were transported to local hospitals. They were released without any significant injuries and charged with robbery,” they added.
Law enforcement has charged Henley and the 11-year-old with robbery, according to reports. The incident has left Smith grappling with the loss of her car, impacting her ability to commute to her full-time job as a home health care nurse and care for her 10-year-old.
“I had just finished paying for my car in September,” Ms Smith said, adding, “In two months it was taken away from me and totalled”.