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Stolen car found after Durham carjacking

Posted April 8, 2010

Durham city and county authorities were searching Currin Road after a reported carjacking.
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— Durham police have found a car stolen from an 83-year-old man who was shot twice in the legs Wednesday, but no arrests have been made.

Police confirmed Thursday that George Pratt was the victim of the shooting and carjacking in the 1100 block of Franklin Street, near Alston Avenue, around 11 a.m. It was his 83rd birthday.

Officers found Pratt's stolen 1994 Plymouth Acclaim in the 200 block of North Hyde Park Avenue early Thursday.

Pratt's granddaughter Chastity Stevens said that he was undergoing surgery at Duke University Hospital Thursday. He will need a rod inserted in one leg and have to undergo physical therapy, she said.

Police said that Pratt was standing beside his car when two men drove up. One man got out of the car, shot the victim and stole his car. The other man remained inside the suspects' car and also drove away.

Shortly after the shooting, police found the suspects' vehicle near a house on Currin Road. Officers surrounded the house and took a man into custody. He has not been charged in the carjacking or shooting.

A detailed description of the suspect at large was not available.

Anyone with information about the crime is asked to call the Durham Police Department at 919-560-4281, ext. 29123 or Crime Stoppers at 919-683-1200. Crime Stoppers pays cash rewards for information leading to arrests in felony cases and callers never have to identify themselves.


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  • alwaysconcernedmom Apr 8, 2010

    What a bunch of cowards to shoot an 83 year old man!

  • jones4 Apr 8, 2010

    Welcome to Durham. America's new "Chocolate City".

  • shortcake53 Apr 8, 2010

    Prayers for a full recovery for this poor man. And the worst possible sentence for those responsible.

  • Z Man Apr 8, 2010

    Durham mayor Bill Bell, 'We do not have a crime problem in Durham.'. I guess he means that when an 83 year old man get shot in the leg while his car is being carjacked, that's not really a problem!

  • gocanes09 Apr 8, 2010

    I'm not knocking anyone's car, but usually you don't feel quite as likely to be carjacked if you are driving a 15 year old Plymouth Acclaim. Do you really have to shoot an 83 year old man? If you are bad enough to steal a car, I would at least hope you are capable of taking down an 83 year old without having to shoot him. I hope these idiots are locked away for a very long time.

    I know this kind of junk happens everywhere, but Durham and Rocky Mount seem to be head and shoulders above everywhere else when it comes to violent crime in NC.

  • blahblahblah Apr 8, 2010

    What is the purpose of stealing a car and then abandoning it a short distance away?

  • Dolphan Apr 8, 2010

    Lol these are not just DURHAM problems.

  • Retired07 Apr 8, 2010

    I would love to exact the revenge for this poor old man. I could start to eleminate some of these DURHAM problems.

  • BEACH Apr 8, 2010

    Hope the little man is doing well, they did not have to shoot him!!! Hope someone shoots them but they will get away with it.

  • pulstar40 Apr 8, 2010

    They shot this poor man for his car...when they already had one? Hope there is a special place for these creeps in the after life. Hopefully they will be in a special place here real soon too, for a very long time.