5/9 UPDATE: James Clifton Pree Jr., 45, of the 4700 block of Haygood Road, was arrested May 8 on charges of Abduction, Robbery, Carjacking and three counts of Use of a Firearm in the Commission of a Felony.
VIRGINIA BEACH -- Police are looking for the person they say carjacked a tanning salon customer Sunday afternoon right after her appointment.
Officers said the customer left Sundays Blue Box Tanning Resort in Holland Plaza Shopping Center around 3 p.m. on May 4. She told police a man forced her into the passenger seat of her car, then demanded she take him to an ATM.
The accused attacker drove to a Navy Federal Credit Union automated teller in Thalia Collins Square on Virginia Beach Boulevard and forced her to take out money. Police said he made the victim drive at that point, and made her drive for hours.
Eventually, he told her to take him to Timberlake Shopping Center, where he tied her up with rope and left her in her car in a side parking lot. After he left, the victim freed herself and called police.
"When I was coming out, I started thinking about it a little bit more," said Janine Tucker as she left her own tanning appointment Tuesday. "I was thinking, you know, what are the things you're supposed to do, like having my keys between my fingers, and maybe I was gonna call a friend of mine and say, 'Hey, talk to me until I get to my car.'"
The victim in the case described her abductor as a black male in his 30s, 5’10”-5’11”, with an athletic build. He was bald and clean-shaven. She told police he had a tattoo on the upper part of his left arm that contained stars and had a yellow stone in his left ear which was pierced. He wore black tennis shoes, gray athletic shorts, a white V-neck T-shirt, and had a silver watch on his left wrist.
Police believe he was in Holland Plaza Shopping Center for some time prior to the incident.
"I'm gonna park more where it's more open so I can see all around my car," Tucker told 13News Now, adding she was going to cut down on texting while walking in order to have a better awareness of her surroundings. "It's sad that you have to worry, and it's sad that somebody can stalk, and, you know, sit back, and watch people, and observe, and know when somebody's gonna be alone."
Officers ask anyone with information that could help with the investigation to call Virginia Beach Crime Solvers at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP or text VBTIP with your information to CRIMES (274637).