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Cops: Man Tries To Carjack Judge In Court Parking Lot

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Mug shot of David Thomas Lawler. (credit: Richmond City Sheriff's Office)

Mug shot of David Thomas Lawler. (credit: Richmond City Sheriff’s Office)

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RICHMOND, Va. (CBS Washington) – Richmond authorities arrest a man they say attempted to carjack a judge in the court’s parking lot.

Police have charged David Thomas Lawler, 29, with attempted carjacking.

The incident occurred Wednesday afternoon after a judge at the John Marshall Courthouse got into his car to leave. As he did, police say Lawler attempted to get into the judge’s car by pulling on the door’s handles on both sides of the car.

The judge called the security desk and deputies were able to arrest Lawler as they saw him trying to flee.

“Thanks to the swift response of our deputies, the assailant was quickly apprehended,” Richmond City Sheriff C.T. Woody said in a statement to CBS Washington.

Lawler is currently being held at the Richmond City Jail without bond and is scheduled to appear in Richmond General District Court on January 19.

In the state of Virginia, carjacking is a felony and could result in a jail sentence of 15 years to life if a person is convicted.

The name of the judge was not released by police but The Richmond Times Dispatch identified him as Circuit Judge Melvin R. Hughes Jr.

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