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Bizarre attempted Richmond carjacking highlights spike in robberies

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RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) -

An arrest in a bizarre attempted robbery is highlighting a big problem for the Richmond Police Department. Robberies are up from this time last year in the East End. You will not believe the latest weapon of choice.

Police say a woman and two juveniles tried to carjack a man along Mechanicsville Turnpike at Brauers Lane. 20 year old Clarise Denise Wright was arrested and charged with attempted robbery. The two juveniles face attempted robbery and violation of curfew charges.

"If you come into first precinct you are probably going to get arrested if you are committing a crime," said Detective David Cuffley.

Police say Wright asked suggested the driver roll down his window. Police say the two juveniles then sprayed the fire extinguisher.

"This is the first time in 9 years I have ever seen a fire extinguisher used as a weapon of choice," said Sgt. Jayson Walter.

The driver flagged down a patrol car as the suspects ran over to Lucks Field. That is where police made a quick arrest.

"Within a minute I had 7 patrol cars in a two block radius," said Sgt. Walter.

The strong response comes after the latest crimes statistics show an increase in individual robberies.

In the East End alone, there have been at least 5 more robberies this year than this same time last year.

"But as far as getting these cleared in First Precinct," said Detective Cuffley. "We're probably one of the best."

That victim is expected to be okay. Police note there is some positive news in the latest crime statistics. Home break-ins are down 17 percent in the First Precinct.

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