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Man attempts to carjack Richmond judge

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Posted at 1:56 PM, Dec 09, 2011
and last updated 2011-12-09 14:26:45-05

RICHMOND, VA  (WTVR) - On Wednesday, Dec. 7, a man attempted to carjack a Richmond judge at the John MarshallCourthouse.

The judge called security to report the crime in progress at approximately 4:30 p.m., police said.

The suspect, David Thomas Lawler, 29, tried to gain entry to the vehicle by aggressively pulling on both the passenger and driver’s side handles, police said.

Deputies responded to the distress calls and spotted a man later identified as Lawler fleeing from the scene.

Lawler is being held without bond and will appear in court Jan. 19, 2012.

Police said that carjacking is a felony and conviction could result in either confinement in a state correctional facility for life, or a minimum term of fifteen years.