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Suspect sought in Durham carjacking

Posted August 30, 2010

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— Durham police are searching for a man who carjacked a woman at the BP gas station at 3100 N. Roxboro St. on Monday afternoon.

Around 6 p.m., police said a woman pulled her car up to the BP station and went inside the convenience store.

When the woman came outside, a man had climbed into her car's driver seat. Police said the woman hung on the passenger side door and tried to stop him from driving away.

As the man backed the car up, he pointed a gun and fired a shot at her, police said.

Suspect sought in Durham BP carjacking Suspect sought in Durham BP carjacking

Authorities said the bullet grazed the woman. She was taken to Duke Hospital for treatment of very minor injuries.

Police said the man, who was only described as a light-skinned black male, left with the woman's gold Honda Accord with Mississippi tags and personalized license plate "TAMTAMS."

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  • Hammerhead Sep 1, 2010

    Higher risk, admittedly, threatened, no.

  • btneast Sep 1, 2010

    "Its amazing I wouldn't get out of my car over at Braggtown and nearby Oxford Commons...." I ride/drive through that neighborhood every day, never feel paranoid and never had a problem. I think you have a different sort of deep-seated "paranoia".

    Braggtown isn't too bad, but it has really come down through the years, especially the southern end near Club Blvd. Oxford Commons, like many Section 8 communities, is not a place to be in late at night. The northern end is dropping off fast, especially since WalMart pulled out (does that tell you anything?) You don't need to be "paranoid" in either area, but you are foolishy naive if you think you are not in a higher risk area.

  • Hammerhead Sep 1, 2010

    "Its amazing I wouldn't get out of my car over at Braggtown and nearby Oxford Commons...."
    I ride/drive through that neighborhood every day, never feel paranoid and never had a problem. I think you have a different sort of deep-seated "paranoia".

  • raysson Aug 31, 2010

    "East Durham" which is as rough as it gets around Wellons Village,Hoover Road area near Miami Blvd and Turnkey and Driver Street Projects.....

    Its amazing I wouldn't get out of my car over at Braggtown and nearby Oxford Commons....she should have took her keys with her.
    That way you won't get jacked.

  • raysson Aug 31, 2010

    TO "btneast's previous comment:"
    "The infrastructure has been allowed to deteriorate. Downtown is looking much better now,but I remember well it looked like a bombed out,deserted town,storefront after storefront boarded up...the only people moving were the homeless. Too many years were wasted in unnecessary race battles...while the city crumbled around their feet."

    He is 100% correct here and he is dead on. About 20 to 25 years ago,you couldn't walked down Main Street in Downtown Durham nor you couldn't even shop at the nearby Banks,specialty shops or read a good book at the Main Branch of the Durham Public Library for fear of you being robbed or mugged by either some homeless guy or one of the several gangs that roamed the library and roamed the streets,and it wasn't safe. Yeah,25 years ago,Downtown Durham looked like a war zone where storefronts were boarded up and people were afraid to walk down the street and faced whatever came out the woods near Downtown.
    The race battles were r

  • btneast Aug 31, 2010

    I've spent over 25 years working in Durham, a good deal of it in "East Durham", which is as rough as it gets.,That is nearly more of my waking time than I spend at home if you add it up. My daugher lives in Braggtown, another edgy area that used to be better in the past.Durham has some really cool areas and attractions, but it also has a bad image problem. The infrastructure has been allowed to deteriorate. Downtown is looking much better now, but I remember well it looking like a bombed out , deserted town.....storefront after storefront boarded up.....the only people moving were the homeless. Too many years were wasted in unnecessary race battles....while the city crumbled around their feet. It was in the "boarded up" stage when a great deal of the growth in RTP occurred.....prospective companies touring the towns formed their opinions then. A bad image is hard to shake.

  • DeathRow-IFeelYourPain-NOT Aug 31, 2010

    I'll keep reading on a weekly basis how great your city is to you. Stay safe now, ya hear?

  • jazzcomic Aug 31, 2010

    deathrow-You miss it out on some fantastic restaurants, great festivals, and a lot of cultural events by avoiding Durham......

    That's so sweet, KIKINC. Although, I must say.....your invitation to deathrow includes the assumption that he has culture or mingles with "the other folk."

    Durham rocks.

  • DeathRow-IFeelYourPain-NOT Aug 31, 2010

    dingus_khan, good one. LOL

  • dingus_khan Aug 31, 2010

    As a 20 year resident of Durham I feel that my personal quality of life is enhanced if DeathRow stays in Raleigh. I even encourage him to switch allegiance to the Mudcats to do so.

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