Wesley Schenk, 30, was arrested Monday in connection with a carjacking that took place a few hours earlier at a Marana gas station.

Marana Police Department

A 30-year-old man was arrested near Phoenix Monday afternoon in connection with a carjacking that took place at a Marana gas station an hour before, officials said.

Shortly before noon, a woman was pumping gas at the Giant gas station located at 7820 North Silverbell Road, when a man with a firearm approached her and demanded the car keys, according to a news release from the Marana Police Department.

The victim wasn't injured and was left behind at the scene. Marana police immediately broadcasted an attempt to locate message to other law enforcement agencies with the vehicle information and suspect description, the release said.

An hour later, Arizona Department of Public Safety troopers spotted the vehicle headed westbound on I-10 into the Phoeix metro area and conducted a traffic stop on Wesley Schenk, arresting him without incident.

Troopers found the weapon inside of the car, and it was determined to be a replica firearm, the release said.

Schenk was booked into the Maricopa County jail on charges of theft of a means of transportation, aggravated assault, aggravated assault with a simulated deadly weapon and armed robbery.

Marana police say that this is an isolated incident and there are no other outstanding suspects in the case.

Contact reporter Caitlin Schmidt at cschmidt@tucson.com or 573-4191


 

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