A Sunday night car jacking in North Shreveport leaves police looking for an armed suspect. Late Sunday night, a man sat in his parked car at an apartment complex in the 600 block of Pointe Coupee Drive while talking on his cell phone. When he got out of his car, a masked man wearing all black approached him with a handgun and demanded his keys.
Authorities say that the bright orange car was recovered Monday afternoon along the side of the road. The tires, rims and a radio were missing from the car. Investigators are processing the evidence for fingerprints and DNA to help identify a suspect.
The apartment property manager told us that the area is normally quiet, so she was surprised to hear about the car jacking. Authorities say that car jackings are usually random and do not happen in one specific area. "It's strictly a crime of opportunity," said Detective Jack Miller of the Shreveport Police Department. He told us a suspect will likely show a gun to get the driver out of the vehicle or physically take the driver out, then quickly drive off with the vehicle.
Authorities suggest that drivers stay aware of their surroundings, keep doors locked and drive with the windows up to stay safe. "Pay attention to what's going on whenever you're at a stoplight," Detective. Miller explained. "Don't be oblivious. Look around to see what's going on." He said that's the best way that a driver can protect themselves from a potential car jacking.
The suspect in Sunday night's car jacking is described as a black male about six feet tall. He was wearing all black with a black ski mask at the time of the incident. If you have any information, you are urged to call Crime Stoppers at (318) 673-7373.