Virginia Beach woman carjacked at knifepoint; suspect shares why he did it


VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) – Virginia Beach Police say a woman was putting groceries in her car on April 27 when a carjacking suspect, identified as Antonio Jones, approached her, threatened her with a knife and made her hand over her car keys and purse. 

Police say Jones then sped out of the parking lot hitting at least one other car. 

The stolen car was found the same day, abandoned at a nearby BB&T Bank. The following day police arrested Virginia Beach resident Antonio Jones, charging him with carjacking, robbery, hit and run and grand larceny.

Jones spoke with 10 On Your Side from the Virginia Beach Jail. 

“I feel so bad. Here I am almost 60 years of age, I shouldn’t be doing this,” said Jones.  “I took her car. I took her credit cards. I used them and it was just dumb. I mean I wasn’t trying to hurt her. I seriously don’t think I was trying to jack her car but that’s the way it kind of turned out.”  

Jones told 10 On Your Side he was high on heroin and crack cocaine at the time of the carjacking, saying the drugs influenced his actions. 

“I wasn’t trying to hurt anyone,” Jones explained. “I just wanted to get my hands on my next fix.”

Jones claims to take full responsibility for his actions and says he plans to plead guilty in court. 

“I’ve got a family, grandkids, a wife,” said Jones. “I disappointed and hurt them. I know this. That’s something I’ve learned. I’m not proud of what I’ve done. But I accept full responsibility of everything.” 

Jones has been assigned a public defender and is currently being held without bond. 

His next court appearance is scheduled for June 28.

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