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Trick but no treat.

Halloween is long over, but the Daily Advertiser of Lafayette, Louisiana, reported that on January 27, Joseph Noel, 25, of Lafayette donned a Halloween mask in an attempt to gain a treat--in the form of a new car. Noel approached a vehicle, and brandishing a gun, took the victim's car, and sped away.

The victim didn't waste a moment but reported the theft immediately. Even while the thief fled the scene, police in the area were alerted, and one officer spotted the car. He attempted to stop the vehicle in his patrol car, but Noel sped away, evading the police. Noel ended up colliding with a parked car, but still he refused to surrender, and he ran from the scene on foot, with officers in hot pursuit.

An officer with eyes on Noel soon lost sight of him, but he then received a call from dispatch that a black male who was armed had entered a home nearby by forcing open the door. The resident of the home was inside, and immediately armed himself. When Noel was distracted, attempting to shed some of his clothes, the homeowner got the drop on him, and held the thief until nearby police arrived.

A police spokesman indicated that Noel now faces multiple charges of resisting an officer, flight from an officer, carjacking, obstruction of justice, possession of a firearm by a felon, and unauthorized entry of an inhabited dwelling, among other possible crimes committed during the action.

Lafayette Police credit the armed homeowner for his role in the capture.

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Title Annotation:EXERCISING THE RIGHT; a carjacker arrested
Author:Scholl, Alan
Publication:The New American
Article Type:Brief article
Geographic Code:1U7LA
Date:Mar 16, 2009
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