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Carjacking coward.

The perpetrators of a rash of carjackings that have taken place in the Tampa, Florida area have concerned Tampa police. Police spokeswoman Laura McElroy told reporters for ABC's WFS TV, "They appear to be very determined because if they're not successful getting one vehicle, they'll try another victim just moments later."

One carjacker with a gun approached a man at a gas station on May 11, demanding the victim's car keys. With the man's six-month-old son still in the car, the victim would not surrender the keys, and the carjacker fled. Moments later, however, the thief was successful in taking a van at gunpoint from a woman as she left work. That vehicle was later abandoned.

But it is likely only a matter of time before a citizen with a gun puts a permanent end to these criminals' careers. In fact, in one instance, the carjacking business came close to having fatal consequences for one of the robbers. On May 14, a young Tampa woman, reported, identified only as Adrianna, was driving in the Tampa area when a man jumped into her car and pointed a gun at her. The woman, unwilling to give up her car to a thief, pulled her own gun and frightened the would-be carjacker away. She described what transpired to WFS TV: "I just leaned forward and punched him in the forehead with my gun.... The man 'screamed like a girl and almost dropped his gun' as he ran away."

Tampa police did report one arrest related to the crimes. A-Keem Carr of Tampa was taken into custody, but police suspect three men are involved.

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Author:Scholl, Alan
Publication:The New American
Article Type:Brief article
Geographic Code:1U5FL
Date:Jun 22, 2009
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