(May 30, 2013) – While most of the attention in Loudoun County Wednesday was focused on the fatal shooting at Costco in Sterling, there was a bizarre carjacking just before 10 p.m. in Lansdowne where a 24-year-old Ashburn man had his “Good Samaritan” act turn into a carjacking when a 63-year-old Leesburg woman reportedly pulled a knife on him and took his car.
Mary C. Hardy, 63, of Leesburg, was charged with carjacking and public intoxication after a reported carjacking in the area of Merchant Mill Terrace and Marvins Mill Terrace in Lansdowne. Deputies responded to the area after they received a report from the victim, a 24-year-old Ashburn man, who reported that he offered a ride to a female who later pulled a knife and took his vehicle.
The victim was driving in the area when he came across a disabled vehicle. He was flagged down by the suspect. The suspect told the victim she needed a ride home. At one point the suspect asked the victim to pull the vehicle over and she asked to use his cell phone.
She then threw the cell phone from the vehicle. The victim exited the vehicle and was attempting to search for his phone when the suspect brandished a knife and drove away in his vehicle.
As the suspect was leaving the scene she struck a tree and later pulled the vehicle into the driveway of a home on Riverpoint Drive where she was later taken into custody.
Hardy declined rescue at the scene. Hardy remains held at the Loudoun County Adult Detention Center on no bond.