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Decatur Police respond to another carjacking

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This story has been updated. 

Decatur Police responded to a carjacking on Feb. 1, the third carjacking incident to occur within or near Decatur within the last five weeks.

According to Lt. Jennifer Ross, police responded to the call around 11:57 p.m. on Feb. 1. It occurred in the 1100 block of South Candler Street.

“The victim reported she returned home, parked in her driveway and as she began to exit her vehicle noticed a male approaching her,” Ross said. “The victim closed her door and began to lock the vehicle when the male brandished a black semi-automatic handgun. The victim exited her vehicle as her husband walked outside of their home. The victim then became aware of a second male nearby, also armed with a handgun. Suspect No. 1 demanded her keys and the victim complied. The suspects entered the vehicle and fled in an unknown direction. The victim was not physically injured.”

Ross provided the following description of the suspects and the vehicle:

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Suspect #1: Black male, late teens-mid 20’s, approximately 6’2, thin build, wearing a hoodie (unknown color), with a red bandana over his face and armed with a black semi-automatic handgun.

Suspect #2: Black male, late teens-mid 20’s, approximately 6’1, heavy-set build, wearing a grey hoodie and armed with a silver semi-automatic handgun.

The stolen vehicle is a 2004 black Toyota 4runner displaying GA tag #PAK2879.

“If you have any information about this incident, please contact Inv. Lindsey at [email protected] or 678/553-6628 or contact Crime Stoppers Greater Atlanta at 404-577-Tips (8477) and remain anonymous,” Ross said.

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Decatur Police responded to an attempted carjacking on Jan. 4 in the 800 block of Derrydown Way.

“The victim reported she arrived to the area and parked on the street against the curb,” the Police Department reported. “The victim was approached by the suspect while she was still seated in her vehicle. The suspect asked to use the victim’s phone and she informed him it was dead. The suspect then stated he was stranded in the area and was waiting on friends. The suspect then produced a handgun from a small bag he was carrying over his shoulder and pointed it at the victim, ordering her to relinquish her vehicle.

“The victim exited the vehicle and ran towards a house in the area. A neighbor heard the incident occur and looked outside to see the suspect in the vehicle attempting to start it. The suspect was unsuccessful in starting the vehicle and fled southbound on Derrydown Way upon being spotted by the neighbor.”

The subject in that case is described as a “black male mid-teens to early 20’s, approximately 6’, slender build, wearing a grey Under Armour sweatshirt, dark pants, tennis shoes and armed with a black semi-automatic handgun.”

On Jan. 25, a woman was kidnapped on Derrydown Way and sexually assaulted. The carjacking occurred close to the Decatur city limits and was handled by DeKalb County and Atlanta city police.

The Jan. 25 incident began in the 700 block of Derrydown Way, which is in DeKalb County. Officers responded to the call after 10 p.m.

According to reports from the DeKalb County Police Department and the Atlanta Police Department, the victim, a 19-year-old woman, was waiting in the 700 Block of Derrydown Way for her boyfriend to get off work. A man wearing a camouflage ski mask approached her, according to the Atlanta Police Department’s report. The suspect pointed a gun at her through her driver’s side window and ordered her to drive him around Atlanta.

The victim says they wound up at the dead end of Ollie and Lena streets. The suspect asked the victim for “sexual favors,” the Atlanta Police report says, but the victim said no. According to the DeKalb County Police report, the suspect also sexually assaulted the victim.

The suspect ordered the victim to exit the vehicle, described as a tan, 4-door 2003 Honda Civic, and drove off. The victim was invited into a residence on Martin Luther King Drive where she called the police.

The Jan. 25 incident is not believed to be connected to the Jan. 4 incident.

The suspect in the Jan. 25 incident is described as a black male, 30-45 years old, wearing a camouflage hooded sweatshirt, tan cargo pants and armed with a black handgun.

It is unclear whether the latest incident is connected to any of the others reported last month, including one that happened in Tucker.

On Jan. 21, there was a carjacking incident that occurred at Sprouts in Tucker.

The incident happened around 4:30 p.m., according to a report obtained by Decaturish.

The victim told police the incident occurred after she had gotten into her Lexus. She saw the suspect running between cars toward her.

She told police she tried to lock her doors but wasn’t fast enough. The suspect opened the driver’s side door and pointed a gun at her.

“Get out and give me what you got,” the suspect said.

The woman got out of the vehicle. She was afraid the suspect would shoot her, so she ducked between cars and ran from the vehicle without looking back.

The suspect was believed to be headed toward Northlake Parkway.

Sprouts had a camera on the front side of the building, but it was not pointed in the direction of the incident, the report says.

The suspect is described as a black male, 6 foot 3 inches tall, weighing 190 pounds with a slim build, wearing dark clothing.

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