Man arrested on carjacking, eluding police charges

The Clarke County Sheriff’s Office arrested a Schenectady, New York man on Wednesday morning after he allegedly stole a car at gunpoint.

Zaxarea Alzanam, 24, asked a man in the early morning hours on Wednesday for a ride from Loudoun County to a J & J Corner Store in Berryville, the Clarke County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement. After the man dropped Alzanam off, he noticed that his cellphones were missing and went into the store looking for Alzanam.

At some point during their interaction, Alzanam took a gun away from the man’s car and ordered the man away from the vehicle, the statement says. Alzanam then left the store in the man’s vehicle and headed northbound on Shepherds Mill Road. At 4:15 a.m., the victim alerted the authorities that an unknown man had stolen his car at gunpoint.

Alzanam had run the vehicle off the roadway and gotten stuck on the 1300 block of Shepherds Mill Road, the statement says, and a deputy caught up with him and tried to stop him. Alzanam fled and crashed the vehicle near the intersection of Shepherds Mill Road and Harry Byrd Highway before escaping on foot into a wooded area.

Authorities from local agencies searched for Alzanam on foot and by helicopter, and at 8:11 a.m., the Clarke County Sheriff’s Office received a call from a man on Chilly Hollow Road who was holding Alzanam at gunpoint until deputies arrived.

After apprehending Alzanam at the residence and transporting him to Winchester Medical Center for examination, deputies transported him to Northwest Regional Adult Detention Center where he is being held without bond. He stands charged with carjacking, auto theft, firearm theft, eluding police and being a felon in possession of a firearm, all felony charges.