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RDU beefs up patrols after attempted carjacking

Posted December 1, 2009

— Police at Raleigh-Durham International Airport stepped up patrols of remote parking lots Tuesday after a man confronted two airport workers late Monday and tried to steal their car.

The incident occurred shortly after 10 p.m. Monday on National Guard Drive near Park and Ride Lot 3, authorities said. The employees were leaving the lot in their work vehicle when a man approached the car, pulled open a door and ordered the workers to get out, authorities said.

Attempted carjacking of RDU workers Masked man tried to carjack RDU workers

The driver sped off, and the man fired a pellet gun at the workers before fleeing, authorities said. Both employees suffered minor injuries.

Park and Ride Lot 3 was shut down for about an hour Monday night as RDU police investigated the incident. People were able to pick up their cars and leave the lot, but no one was allowed to drop off their cars.

"This was an isolated incident. We are treating it as a carjacking and will continue the ongoing investigation," RDU spokeswoman Mindy Hamlin said.

Members of the Raleigh-Durham Airport Authority said they would review security procedures with airport managers to prevent such incidents from occurring in the future.

Area residents who use the remote parking lot said they were surprised by the carjacking attempt, noting they always felt safe leaving their cars there.

"How in the world would somebody come out of their way, so far out of the way, to do this supposed carjacking is beyond me," Raymond Rivera said, adding that he plans to be more aware of his surroundings at RDU.

"My first reaction was it's kind of scary to know that that could happen here," Judy Murray said.

Airport staff and passengers can request police escorts to and from parking lots if they don't feel safe, Hamlin said. Passengers can ask RDU employees in the terminal, who can call airport police, she said.

The suspect is described as a black man, about 5 feet, 6 inches tall with a medium build. He was in his late 20s to early 30s and was wearing a camouflage face mask, a dark green jacket, black pants and a gray hat with ear flaps.

Anyone with information on the suspect's identity should call police.


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  • 6079 SMITH W Dec 1, 2009

    If no guns are allowed, why not issue the folks going out to these remote lots an "Airport Authority Panther"...I bet the carjacker stock would go flat in no time. At least maybe the coyotes that are on site now could be trained to eat rogues and sneak-thieves.......... ;)

  • james27613 Dec 1, 2009

    The patrons of the remote lots are easy prey for the jackers.

    Firearms not allowed on airport grounds so the bad guys
    know you are not armed.

  • Thought Criminal WS Dec 1, 2009

    Don't expect much response here. Appears to be censored if you mention it may be a minority or that there's a lack of intelligence in this information. Boo hoo, someone offended.

  • OakRapp Dec 1, 2009

    And what would be the point of specifying perceived race? Cuts the number of prospective perps down to maybe 500,000? That one tidbit of information doesn't seem likely to make someone jump up and say "Oh, yeah, that musta been Joe Bob, he's white as the new blown snow!". Anyone collecting the crimestoppers reward is going to do it based on the perp bragging, etc. not on a physical description matching a third of the population.

  • PT Dec 1, 2009

    If they determined the age to be 20 to 30 years old, could they not have provided more of a description?

  • whatdidusay Dec 1, 2009

    Assuming race would be profiling & we know profiling is wrong???? Not!!!

  • kbizzle Dec 1, 2009

    i can't believe those huge new NO FIREARMS ALLOWED signs didn't prevent this attack! wow. seriously, there's little to no security out in those remote lots late at night and early in the morning.

  • jrfergerson Dec 1, 2009

    could they not tell if the man was white or black???