Man arrested in connection with series of carjackings at MacArthur Center mall

A 19-year-old man has been arrested for hijacking two people and attempting a third in the MacArthur Center shopping mall car parks, Norfolk police said on Wednesday.

Amari D. James, of Norfolk, is charged with two counts of carjacking and one count of attempted carjacking, among other charges, in connection with the incidents. He is being held in Norfolk Jail without bond.

The first carjacking happened around 4:35 p.m. Monday in the south parking lot of the mall. The victim told police that an armed man was claiming his vehicle, police said. The man then fled in the stolen car.

Later that night at 10:15 p.m., a second person reported an attempted carjacking in the north parking lot. A man asked for the victim’s car, but a “struggle ensued” and the man fired at the car, police said. The man fired again at the car as the victim drove away, police said.

A third carjacking was reported in a mall parking lot around 2:20 p.m. Tuesday. According to police, an armed man demanded a person’s vehicle, the person complied and the man fled in the stolen vehicle.

The stolen cars have been recovered, police spokesman William Pickering said. Police did not say what evidence led them to charge James in the incidents, but said they were not looking for additional suspects.

Ali Sullivan, 757-677-1974, [email protected]