MADERA – Jessica Tancredi, 18, and Channa Hammond, 18, both of Oakhurst, pled guilty yesterday, Jan. 17, to felony attempted carjacking with special allegations for using deadly weapons. Tancredi also pled guilty to felonious assault with a deadly weapon, according to Madera County District Attorney Michael R. Keitz.
On July 6, 2012, a Japanese tourist was visiting the McDonald’s restaurant in Oakhurst when he was accosted by Tancredi and Hammond. Tancredi, holding a revolver, told the tourist to get out of his car or he would be shot, while Hammond brandished a screwdriver.
Nathaniel Chase, also of Oakhurst, was nearby and overheard the robbery attempt. Chase went to the aid of the tourist, disarming both suspects and delayed them until Madera Sheriff’s deputies could arrive and make arrests.
Sentencing has been set for Feb. 21, 2013 in Sierra Court. Tancredi faces up to 6 years, 10 months and Hammond, 2 years and 6 months in state prison.