PHOENIX — Two alleged carjackers have been arrested after also being involved in a hit-and-run crash in Phoenix.
Phoenix police report that on January 27, a woman was pumping gas at a QT near 27th and Northern avenues when she was approached by Rafael De Jesus, 51, who asked her for money. The woman refused, but De Jesus later returned with a box cutter and ordered the woman to take him to an ATM to get money.
When the woman resisted, De Jesus allegedly got into the van, took the keys and left. After trying to remove him from the car, she held onto the van while being dragged for a short distance. Police say she suffered minor injuries.
Court records show that the victim’s credit card was used the next day by a woman, later identified as Charmaine Kaylynn De Jesus, 31.
On February 3, the van was involved in a hit and run crash near 59th Avenue and Camelback Road. The crash victim followed the couple and watched them bail out of the van a few blocks away. Police soon caught them.
Police say Charmaine was found to have the carjacking victim’s credit card in her purse.
They both are facing multiple charges, including armed robbery, aggravated assault and car theft.