UPDATE: Roanoke police arrest two after carjackings

Both incidents happened before 8 a.m.

By Jeff Williamson - Digital Content Manager , Heather Butterworth - Digital Content Producer
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ROANOKE, Va. - UPDATE

Roanoke police have arrested two men accused of carjacking. 

Tuesday night, officers arrested 19-year-old Roanoke resident Mathieu Bonhomme Jr. and 18-year-old Roanoke resident Kason Anthony Brown Jr.

Both are charged with one count of carjacking in relation to the Valley View incident. They are both suspects in the Northview carjacking as well.

Additional charges are pending upon consultation with the commonwealth's attorney's office.

Both men were also served unrelated warrants for failure to appear in court. They were both taken to Roanoke City Jail. Police recovered the two stolen vehicles. 

ORIGINAL STORY 

Roanoke police are investigating two carjacking incidents that happened Tuesday morning.

At 3:55 a.m., police responded to the 4700 block of Valley View Boulevard to investigate a reported incident.

When officers arrived, the victim, a 20-year-old woman from Roanoke, told officers that she had arrived for work.She said that just as she got out of her car -- a green 2001 Ford Escape -- she said she saw a person approaching her, which prompted her to get back into her car and lock the doors, according to police.

Police said the suspect walked up to her driver's side window, pointed what appeared to be a handgun at her, and told her to get out of her vehicle.

She then got out of the vehicle and the suspect got behind the wheel. At that time, a second suspect got into the vehicle. The vehicle left on Valley View Boulevard toward Interstate 581.

Police said the victim was not hurt and ran inside her place of employment after the incident. The suspects were both described as black men, one wearing a white Hollister sweatshirt and the other wearing a dark colored Virginia Tech hoodie.

A few hours later, at 7:34 a.m., police responded to the 2700 block of Northview Drive SW to investigate another carjacking.

In this incident, police said two black men approached a 61-year-old woman and demanded that she get out of her burgundy 2014 Honda Civic.

When she got out of her car, police said the two suspects left in her vehicle. This victim was not hurt either.

The victim told officers that while she did not see a handgun, one of the suspects held his hand in his pocket so she assumed he had one.

The suspects in this incident matched the descriptions of the suspects involved in the Valley View incident.

Anyone who might have seen these two men, or might have any other information, is encouraged to call the RPD tip line at 540-344-8500. Callers can choose to remain anonymous.

No arrests have been made at this time and the investigation is ongoing.

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