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Raleigh police seek man in carjacking, robbery

Posted July 17, 2008
Updated July 18, 2008

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— Police are trying to identify a man caught on surveillance cameras during a carjacking at a gas station in north Raleigh on Wednesday.

The victim told police that he had gotten back into his car after pumping gas at a convenience store at Millbrook Road and Atlantic Avenue around 2:45 p.m.

The carjacker entered the passenger side of the car and ordered the victim to drive out of the parking lot and turn west onto Millbrook, said Jim Sughrue, a spokesman for Raleigh police. The carjacker was armed with a handgun, Sughrue said.

The carjacker forced the victim to stop at Millbrook and Windy Hill, less than half-a-mile from the convenience store, police said. Investigators said the carjacker took the victim's wallet and then fled in his car.

The carjacker's gun discharged during the robbery, but the victim was not struck by the bullet, Sughrue said.

Police described the carjacker as a black man, probably in his early 20s, who stands about 6 feet tall and weighs approximately 180 pounds. He wore a white T-shirt with black lettering and khaki-colored shorts that went below his knees. He also had a black, nylon backpack with thin straps.

The stolen vehicle is a light blue, four-door 1998 Nissan Sentra. The car's rear windows are tinted, and it has a bullet hole in the windshield as a result of the shot fired during the robbery.

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  • spartanpirate Jul 18, 2008

    There is something to say about packing a gun. I guess we all need to get gun permits. The criminal have them and I bet they don't even have permits for them or that they are registered. In this day and time I guess we are going back to the days of the old old west. Protect yourself and your property.

    I am tired of people thinking that they are owed something and that they can just take it. I agree that THEY NEED TO GET A JOB OR TWO AND BUY WHAT THEY WANT. They can work at Hardee's, McDonalds, grocery stores, anywhere. They probably are too lazy to work like the rest of us.

  • atlpeach Jul 18, 2008

    LOL. "Why would someone want to carjack a 1998 Sentra"
    I guess it's better than what he had 'nothing' and saw the opportunity. These criminals need to get a job or two and stop the madness. He's going to run up on the right one, one of these days.

  • Tripwire Jul 18, 2008

    I always watch everyting in the parking lot while pumping gas. ALso all my doors except the drivers door stay locked. And of course I always have either my .45, 9MM, or .357 magnum with me.

  • retired and luv it Jul 18, 2008

    Guess who?

  • ifcdirector Jul 17, 2008

    Too bad he didn't try that on one of the many concealed carry permit holders in this town. Criminals really are dumb.

  • bomanicous Jul 17, 2008

    Arm yourself and don't be so trusting....It's a darn shame when your fellow man has so little regard for each other. too bad the jealously from people that's had everything given to them their entire life so they think they can take and kill at random. ARM YOURSELF!!!

  • MEME1180 Jul 17, 2008

    Thank God the victim is ok. Why would someone carjack and 1998 Sentra!!! I sure hope that its more to this story and not just some guy jacking old cars. I wonder if the victim is leaving anything out.