Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Neighbors "outraged and concerned" following terrifying Midtown carjacking/kidnapping

Posted By on Tue, Jan 3, 2012 at 3:04 PM

Members of the Midtown Ponce Security Alliance are "outraged and concerned" following a kidnapping and attempted carjacking that took place on Monroe Drive on Friday. The source of their outrage — besides the nature of the crime, obviously — is that it was committed by teenagers who'd somehow gotten their hands on guns.

At around 9 p.m. on Friday, a female resident of an apartment on Monroe had just arrived home from vacation and was unloading her car when she was approached by two teens, one of them wielding a gun. Here's an excerpt from the police report ...

[The victim] advised that when she went down to get the last of her belongings out of the back seat two black males approached her. One black male produced a gun and pointed it at her head and told her to get into the car.

[The victim] got into the back seat with the suspect holding a gun to her head and the other suspect got into the driver seat. The suspect’s demanded money from her. [The victim] had already taken most of her valuables upstairs and only had a credit card with her. They asked her how much money she could withdrawal from the credit card and she stated that it was a credit card, not a debit card and that she could not get any money.

The suspects then talked about going up to [the victim's] apartment to get her money and belongings, but she stated that they seemed nervous because there were several apartments next to her apartment. The suspects then attempted to drive [the victim's] vehicle away, but it was a stick shift and they could not figure out how to operate it. The suspect kept grinding the gears and stalled out several times. The suspects became more agitated and demanded that [the victim] teach them how to drive the vehicle. After they were unable to figure out how to drive the vehicle they had [the victim] move from the back seat and told her to drive. It was at this time when [the victim's roommate] came out and began to scream and scared the suspects off.

According to the victim, the suspects expressed contrition, telling her they were sorry and they weren't going to hurt her, they were simply poor and needed money. Poor and not terribly intelligent. One of the suspects apparently referred to the other as "Pitt" several times. Pitt is described as black, 16-18 years old with a slim build. The other was the same race and age, but with a stocky build.

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