Newport News man charged with abducting woman, 2 children in parking lot

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by 13News Now

WVEC.com

Posted on April 8, 2014 at 2:32 PM

Updated Wednesday, Apr 9 at 10:46 AM

YORK COUNTY -- A James City County woman was held at gunpoint and forced to drive to several ATMs with her two children in the car Monday, according to a Facebook post by the York-Poquoson Sheriff's Office.

Christopher Junior Thompson, 23, of the 200 block of Crane Circle in Newport News, was charged with three counts of abduction, grand larceny, attempted robbery, carjacking, wearing a mask in public, credit card theft, use of a firearm in the commission of a felony, possession of a firearm by a felon, and preventing the victim from making a 911 call.

Officials said the family was leaving the Pottery Wine and Cheese in the Kingsmill Shops in upper York County Monday afternoon when a man approached them at their car.

The man asked for money and when the woman said she had none, he allegedly forced himself into the car. He showed the woman a gun and told her to drive to an ATM, officials said.

A nearby ATM was out of service, but while there, the woman was able to get the attention of another person who called 911.

Officials said the man told the woman to drive to another bank across the street. When he heard sirens, he ordered the woman to drive to Parchment Boulevard and Merrimac Trail in York County where he left the vehicle after taking the woman's cell phone and driver's license and told her not to call the police.

The man was later arrested by the sheriff's office.  Thompson is currently being held at the Virginia Peninsula Regional Jail.

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