Authorities in Virginia say a New Jersey man has been arrested on suspicion of an armed carjacking that victimized two adults and their two small children.
According to WTOP, the incident happened at about 4:30 p.m. on Thursday at an auto parts store in New Jersey.
Investigators became aware of the alleged crime when a witness reported seeing the violent carjacking in progress.
After stealing the car, police say 19-year-old Nasim Altaquan Jackson and an apparent accomplice traveled south and was ultimately involved in a traffic collision while driving the stolen vehicle in Stafford County, Virginia after authorities in that state initiated a vehicle pursuit.
Upon crashing the car, the occupants allegedly exited and attempted to carjack another individual. One bystander was reportedly shot during that incident.
In an interview with the adult male victim of the first incident, police say he recalled his wife and children, ages 2 and 5, came running into the AutoZone as he shopped and told them that a man and woman stole the car at gunpoint.
While Jackson has been arrested and is expected to face felony criminal charges, the latest updates available did not provide information about the female suspect.
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[Featured image: Nasim Jackson, police handout]