Teen charged in armed carjacking

Teen charged in armed carjacking

Beaumont 18-year-old Charles James Mishaw, III, has been charged with federal firearms and carjacking violations stemming from a Jan. 11 indictment where he is alleged to have taken a senior citizen's car under gunpoint. He will appear before U.S. Magistrate Judge Zachary J. Hawthorn on Jan. 30 for arraignment.

According to information presented in court from the Department of Justice, on Nov. 15, 2011, Mishaw approached a 69- year-old woman as she was entering her gated apartment complex in Orange. As the victim rolled down her car window to access the security keypad, Mishaw approached and placed a small caliber handgun to her head and ordered her to surrender the car and her purse.

She complied. Law enforcement officers arrived almost immediately and were able to locate and stop the absconded vehicle in Bridge City. Mishaw was still driving the vehicle and was in possession of the victim's credit cards along with the firearm he had used to steal the vehicle. The victim's purse was recovered from where it had been thrown by the side of the road.

If convicted, Mishaw faces up to 15 years for the carjacking and a minimum of 7 years for the firearms violation.