Vancouver, WA — The teen who allegedly stole a woman’s vehicle at gunpoint Saturday in Vancouver and ended up being surrounded by police near Camas Safeway appeared in Clark County Juvenile Court today.
Jamarion L. Croxton is facing charges of first degree robbery, second degree unlawful possession of a firearm, and resisting arrest. His hearing will be reviewed to determine whether he will be released from juvenile detention.
The Vancouver police said they responded at 4:30 pm Saturday at the 12900 block of Northeast 28th Street to reports of a carjacking. The 64-year-old woman told police she was unloading groceries from her vehicle when someone approached her at gunpoint telling her to give him the car keys. That boy would later be identified as Croxton. He then sped away.
At 5:20 pm Camas police officers found the stolen Nissan Altima at the Camas Safeway parking lot, court records state. Officers saw Croxton walking near the car. After officers approached him, Croxton ran off, according to court documents.
Dozens of law enforcement vehicles arrived at the scene and blocked off the area, and called for Croxton to surrender. See the video:
Police found Croxton about 90 minutes later hiding in the backyard of a house in the 700 block of Northeast Second Avenue. Law enforcement had the entire blocked surrounded and repeatedly called for the suspect to surrender. Officers found a handgun hidden in the weeds after he surrendered, court records say.
The woman identified Croxton as the person who stole her car, court records say.
For more than 90 minutes, Camas residents gathered to witness the scene, and rumors circulated that it was an ATM robbery. We later learned it was a carjacking.
This story will be updated.