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Woman Dies After Chasing Stolen Vehicle Carrying Son

Alexa Stakely of Columbus, Ohio, was 29

(Newser) - Alexa Stakely carried her sleeping 6-year-old son to her vehicle and stepped back to the babysitter's door to collect his belongings. As she turned back to the vehicle, which was running, the Ohio woman saw it start to back up, with someone in the driver's seat. Stakely ran...

Carjacker Shot Near Sotomayor's Home by Her Security

Suspect does not appear to have any connection to the Supreme Court justice

(Newser) - A member of the security detail for Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor shot an armed man amid an attempted carjacking last week, according to sources and a recently unsealed charging document. US marshals, wearing shirts that identified them as such, were sitting in an unmarked car outside the justice's...

Woman Dies After Another Woman Allegedly Carjacks SUV

SUV was then crashed in Washington, DC, tragedy

(Newser) - An elderly woman died after the car she was in outside a hospital in Washington, DC, was carjacked, then crashed, with her still in it. Police say the victim and her adult daughter had just pulled up to the emergency department of MedStar Washington Hospital Center on Monday afternoon when...

Olympian Killed in Gas Station Carjacking
6 Arrested Over
Olympian's Murder

6 Arrested Over Olympian's Murder

Luke Fleurs was waiting at a gas station when 2 men approached, police say

(Newser) - Arrests have been made in last week's murder of a South African soccer star and Olympian. Police on Wednesday said six people have been arrested in connection with Luke Fleurs' murder at a gas station. Two men reportedly ordered the 24-year-old out of his Volkswagen Golf 8 GTI at...

Across 2 States, a Carjacking Killing Spree

Andre Gordon Jr., 26, is in custody, accused of murdering 3 family members in Pennsylvania

(Newser) - A man faces murder charges in Pennsylvania and carjacking and weapons charges in New Jersey after allegedly killing three family members, carjacking vehicles in both states, and evading law enforcement for hours as police mobilized, authorities said Sunday. Andre Gordon Jr., 26, is charged in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, with three...

Carjacker Orders Girl Out of Car, but She Wouldn't Leave Her Sister

Wisconsin girl, 8, praised for her quick-thinking

(Newser) - A dad's trip to the car wash with his two young daughters over the weekend could've ended in tragedy, but his 8-year-old's strategic thinking helped keep everyone safe. WISN reports that Adam Jorgenson was at the Kwik Trip in Oak Creek on Sunday morning, with 8-year-old Charley...

Trump Administration Official Shot in Carjacking Dies

Former president pays tribute to Mike Gill in Truth Social post

(Newser) - A former Trump administration official shot during a carjacking rampage last Monday died of his injuries five days later. Mike Gill, a married 56-year-old father of three, served as chief operating officer for the Commodity Futures Trading Commission. He was shot in his new Jeep on Monday as he was...

Would-Be Carjackers Stymied by Stick Shift

Suspects in attempted carjacking of a Porsche end up fleeing the scene in another vehicle

(Newser) - A group of would-be carjackers were forced to flee without the Porsche they were trying to carjack once they discovered it was a manual transmission and they didn't know how to drive stick. The car's owner was outside a business in Bethesda, Maryland, late Sunday when the group...

3 Teen Girls Get 20 Years in 'Heinous' Carjacking Death

New Orleans teens pleaded guilty to reduced charge in death of Linda Frickey, 73

(Newser) - Three teenage girls involved in the dragging death of a woman whose arm was severed during a carjacking in New Orleans last year pleaded guilty Monday to reduced charges and were sentenced to 20 years in prison. Briniyah Baker, 17; Lenyra Theophile, 16; and Mar'Qel Curtis, 16, pleaded guilty...

In DC, Crackdown on Car Crimes Comes With AirTags

Police in capital teach drivers how to install tracking devices as part of multipronged crime initiative

(Newser) - Jeff Pena contacted his father as soon as he heard that police in Washington, DC, were passing out auto tracking devices to try to stem a sharp increase in carjackings, auto thefts, and other crimes in the nation's capital. "It's just getting crazy out there," says...

Carjacked Congressman Laments Loss of Sushi

But Rep. Henry Cuellar of Texas does have his car back

(Newser) - A Texas congressman has some advice for people who find themselves being carjacked: Don't be a hero and don't panic. "You have to stay calm in these situations," Democratic Rep. Henry Cuellar told MSNBC on Tuesday morning. "I gave them the key and they took...

Democrat Congressman Carjacked in DC

Rep. Henry Cuellar of Texas is OK after aides say he was held at gunpoint Monday near Capitol

(Newser) - Authorities say a Democratic congressman was carjacked at gunpoint on Monday night in Washington, but he's OK, and his vehicle has since been recovered. Aides for Texas Rep. Henry Cuellar say the incident took place in the Navy Yard area of DC, about a mile from the US Capitol,...

Police: Attacker Killed 3 People, Injured 9 in 'Random Violence'

Suspect in custody in California rampage

(Newser) - A 31-year-old California man is in custody after three people were killed and nine injured in what police described as "random acts of violence." The victims were stabbed or hit with a vehicle in San Jose and neighboring Milpitas, NBC News reports, before Kevin Parkourana surrendered Thursday evening...

Puppy in Designer Handbag Thrown From Car During Police Chase

And survives the ordeal

(Newser) - As Los Angeles police officers chased a carjacking suspect Friday, a puppy that had been placed in a designer bag was suddenly tossed from the car window—and somehow survived the ordeal. Officers started chasing a Chevy Avalanche around noon; the driver was wanted in connection with a March 26...

Teen Gave Boys a Ride. Cops Say They Killed Him

Boys, 13 and 14, charged with murdering 17-year-old

(Newser) - As he drove home from his girlfriend's house the night of Feb. 16, Michigan 17-year-old Jack Snyder saw two younger teen boys walking along the road in below-freezing temperatures and offered them a ride. Police say the 13- and 14-year-old boys murdered him. Police got calls about gunshots and...

Chicago Drivers Can Now Get Anti-Carjacking Stickers

They warn that vehicle will be tracked as soon as it is reported stolen

(Newser) - Chicago is the carjacking capital of America, but authorities hope stickers will help turn things around. Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart says owners of cars made after 2014 can register for stickers that warn would-be carjackers that the vehicle is part of a tracking program, Axios reports. Drivers signing up...

46 Days After Being Shot, Rookie Has His First TD

Brian Robinson Jr. stars after starting his first NFL game

(Newser) - Usually when NFL players say they're trying to get healthy and get back on the field, they're talking about recovering from a football injury. For Brian Robinson Jr., a running back for the Washington Commanders, the issue was two bullet wounds to the leg, suffered when he was...

Some Heroes Don't Wear Capes. They Wear Chick-fil-A Uniforms

Mykel Gordon praised for helping woman with baby during alleged carjacking in Okaloosa County, Fla.

(Newser) - A fast-food employee saved the day this week during a terrifying alleged carjacking attempt in Florida. Per a release from the Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office, a woman was getting her baby out of her car Wednesday in the parking lot of a Chick-fil-A in Fort Walton Beach when she...

Prosecutors: Gang Targeting Celebs Set Its Sights on Mariah

26 are now facing charges related to the 'Drug Rich' gang

(Newser) - A violent street gang has been targeting the homes of the wealthy and famous in Atlanta, including pop star Mariah Carey, prosecutors said Monday. They announced a 220-count indictment alleging attempted murders, shootings, kidnappings, home invasions, armed robberies, and carjackings by 26 members of the "Drug Rich" gang, some...

Cops: Carjacker Dies After Beating Up Senior

You might say it was karma; Shirlene Hernandez would not

(Newser) - A Texas man beat up a 72-year-old great-grandmother so as to take her car, only to die later in a crash, according to San Antonio police. Shirlene Hernandez, who was left with a nasty black eye and bruising covering half of her face, was assaulted as she headed into a...

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