Thursday carjacking suspect sought

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Police say Mabe forced a woman at gunpoint to drive him to the Exit 14 area on Sept. 12, where he is believed to have gotten a ride with someone else.

By Christopher Brooke, Reporter

HILLSVILLE — Authorities on Friday continued their search for the suspect from a Thursday afternoon hit and run and abduction that happened in Carroll County, according to Virginia State Police.
Troopers have identified Joseph Beuford Lee Mabe as the suspect who got involved in a motor vehicle accident in the Oak Grove section of Carroll, according to State Police First Sgt. Mike Musser.

Police say that Mabe fled the scene by allegedly carjacking a vehicle in order to get to the Exit 14 area of Interstate 77.
The carjacked vehicle was occupied by a female and her child, whom police did not identify.
Reports indicate that the suspect was armed with a pistol.
Police believe the suspect “forced the lady to drive him to the Exit 14 area,” Musser said. “He exited the vehicle there and they were able to drive away unharmed.”
Trooper Shon Phillips had responded to the scene of the vehicle accident, and found that the driver had fled.
Trooper C.W. Keesling brought a canine out to the wreck site to track the suspect, and Carroll deputies helped to secure the area.
Troopers obtained warrants against Mabe, including two counts of abduction, possession of a firearm by a felon, use of a firearm and hit and run. Other charges are pending, Musser said.
Mabe is also wanted on a probation violation, police said.
Mabe was last seen leaving the Exit 14 area heading westbound toward Galax in an older model Nissan Maxima with a North Carolina tag, occupied by two Hispanic males, Musser said.