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Decatur Police arrest two 16-year-old suspects accused of attempted carjacking

Crime and public safety Decatur

Decatur Police arrest two 16-year-old suspects accused of attempted carjacking

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Decatur Police say that two 16-year-old males from Atlanta have been arrested after allegedly attempting to hijack a motor vehicle in the 200 block of North McDonough Street.

Police responded to the call at 11:33 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 28.

“Officer Stage met with the victim who reported she was sitting inside of her vehicle parked on the street when she observed two juvenile males walking northbound on the opposite side of the street, cross the street diagonally and approach her vehicle,” the Police Department says. “Both juveniles began yelling at the victim to get out of the vehicle. One of the suspects opened the driver’s door and grabbed the victim by the arm and a struggle ensued. The first suspect struck the victim on the left side of her face and shoulder with a closed fist approximately three times. The second suspect continued to stand outside of the driver’s door yelling for the victim to exit her vehicle.”

The victim fought back. She hit the panic button on her car keys. Other people in the area noticed and started yelling at the suspects. They fled south on North McDonough Street. Neither suspect displayed a weapon.

“The victim provided a detailed description of the two suspects and their clothing,” the Police Department said. “Within a few minutes, Officer Orlando observed two males matching the provided descriptions at the intersection of Commerce Drive and Robin Street. Orlando attempted to stop both of the males, but upon exiting his patrol vehicle, one suspect fled on foot. Officer Orlando was able to detain the second suspect. Officers continued to canvass the area and Officer Karafotias located and detained the second suspect inside of the Decatur MARTA station.”

The victim had red marks on her face and arms. Both suspects are charged with criminal attempt to commit hijacking of a motor vehicle, and one of the suspects is charged with battery. They were transported to the youth detention center.

There names are being withheld at this time due to their juvenile status, Lt. Jennifer Ross said.

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