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News Release

Monday, September 30, 2002

Media Relations

Carjack/Kidnapping Investigation


Los Angeles: The Los Angeles Police Department’s Wilshire Area Robbery Homicide Detectives are investigating the Carjack/Kidnapping which occurred on September 29, 2002, at 9:45 p.m. in the 2100 block of Arlington Avenue.

According to the victims, they were at a gas station when they were approached by a male Black who was armed with a handgun. The suspect approached the female victim, who was seated in the passenger seat and demanded her money. When her husband saw the robbery, he walked over to the suspect and begged him not to hurt her and his two other children, ages ten and two, who were in the vehicle. The suspect turned the attention to the husband and took his property. The suspect then entered the victim’s vehicle and drove off with the two children still inside.

Three good Samaritans observed the incident and went after the suspect in their vehicle. The suspect momentarily pulled over near an alley when the ten year-old begged him to stop. When the ten year-old attempted to get his sister out of the vehicle, the suspect drove off, dragging him approximately 15 feet. The suspect finally came to stop and fled on foot.

The ten year-old sustained minor injuries to his knees and was treated at the scene. The mother was eight-months pregnant but was not injured.

The suspect is described as a male Black, 5-11, 170 lbs., 20/25 years of age. He is a possible transient in the area who washes windows at the same gas station.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact Wilshire Area Robbery Detectives at 213-473-0414. On weekends and during off-hours, call the 24-hour toll free number at the Detective Information Desk, 1-877-LAWFULL, 1-877-529-3855.

This press release was prepared by Public Information Officer Jason Lee, Media Relations Section, 213-485-3586.