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4 Arrested in Fatal Mall Carjacking in New Jersey

30-year-old lawyer was shot in front of his wife in parking garage

(Newser) - Police have made four arrests in a high-profile carjacking in New Jersey during which a young lawyer got fatally shot in front of his wife, reports the Daily News . The four men were picked up overnight and charged with murdering Dustin Friedland, 30, in a parking garage of the Mall... More »

Cal Ripken Jr.'s Mom Cannot Catch a Break

Vi Ripken fends off carjacker a year after being abducted

(Newser) - Cal Ripken Jr.'s mom is apparently a magnet for bizarre crimes. Last year she was abducted at gunpoint and later found safe, and yesterday, someone tried to steal her car. Vi Ripken was outside a bank when the gun-toting would-be carjacker approached her and stated his intentions, the... More »

Man Hijacks Ambulance —With Patient Inside

No one hurt in bizarre incident

(Newser) - Let's say traffic is backed up on the highway, and you're a gun-toting would-be carjacker in a hurry. What car do you grab? If you're a quick thinker like Brian Timothy Kada Jr., you carjack an ambulance and make everyone get out of your way. That's... More »

Inmate Who Stabbed Detroit Cop Recaptured

Carjacker faces 11 new charges

(Newser) - A Detroit inmate who stabbed a deputy in the neck with a comb and stole his uniform has been recaptured after a day-long manhunt. Abraham Pearson, who uses the alias Derreck White, escaped from the courthouse just before he was due to receive a 15-year sentence for carjacking and he... More »

Carjacking Fail: Gunman Can't Drive a Stick

Police arrest teen suspect

(Newser) - If carjacking is your line of business, it's probably a good idea to learn how to drive a stick shift. Police near Pensacola, Florida, say a woman stopped her car when flagged down by three teen girls last month, reports WEAR-TV . But once she did, police say Antoren Bell... More »

Carjacking Victim: Dzhokhar Asked Only One Question

How much was this Mercedes?

(Newser) - As the Boston carjacking victim known only as "Danny" continues to recount his story of what happened during his encounter with the Tsarnaev brothers, CNN has what might be the strangest detail of all. Danny says that while Tamerlan made threats, blustered about his hatred of Americans, and generally... More »

Carjack Victim: My Night With the Tsarnaevs

'Boston Globe' gets detailed account of carjacking, man's escape

(Newser) - We've heard bits and pieces of the Boston carjack victim's story; now, we're finally getting a play-by-play account, as related to the Boston Globe . The victim, a 26-year-old Chinese man who goes by Danny, was answering a text when Tamerlan Tsarnaev appeared at his window, Danny says.... More »

Why Boston Carjack Victim Survived: He's Not American

Police report reveals events before police showdown

(Newser) - After hijacking a car, the Boston bombing suspects chose not to kill its driver—because he's not an American, he told police. Pete Williams of NBC reported the news, picked up by Politico ; it matches a police report obtained by the Wall Street Journal . That report alleges the Tsarnaev... More »

Report: Brothers Admitted Bombings to Carjack Victim

They let him go after holding him for half-hour, says NBC

(Newser) - He might be the luckiest man in Boston today—the guy who got carjacked by the Tsarnaev brothers and lived to tell the tale. Not much is known of him yet, but NBC reports by way of an unnamed source that the brothers admitted to him that they were responsible... More »

Pilot Busted for Airport Carjacking

Police say drunk pilot stole car hours before Seattle-to-Tokyo flight

(Newser) - A commercial pilot has been arrested for a bizarre carjacking just hours before he was supposed to fly a plane from Seattle to Tokyo. Police say the Omni Air pilot climbed into a stranger's rental car at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport and refused to leave even after the driver pulled... More »

Inmate Is First Executed in Texas With Single Drug

State changes lethal injection formula used since 1982

(Newser) - America's most prolific death penalty state has executed its first inmate using one drug instead of three. Yokamon Hearn, 33, was killed with a single dose of pentobarbital, which had been part of a three-drug mixture used for executions before shortages of the other drugs arose. Ohio, Arizona, Idaho,... More »

Stick Shift Foils Car Robbery

Would-be thief takes a ride instead

(Newser) - The St. Louis Post-Dispatch has a nice entry for the dumb-criminals file: Robber holds up man at gunpoint, then tries to flee in the victim's car—only to discover it's a manual transmission, which he can't drive. The robber then accepts a ride from the victim and... More »

2 USC Students Shot Dead Near Campus

Cops hunting killer of two Chinese grad students

(Newser) - Two Chinese graduate students at the University of Southern California were killed near the Los Angeles campus just after midnight yesterday. Ying Wu, 23, was shot in the chest as she sat in a BMW with Minq Qu, who would have turned 24 today. He was shot in the head,... More »

Twitter Squad Foils Carjacking

Tweeters track cell phone of driver shut in trunk

(Newser) - An army of helpful tweeters helped save the day when a hapless car owner nearly lost his vehicle—and his life—to a pair of carjackers in South Africa. The armed thugs forced the driver into the trunk of his Volkswagen Golf. Luckily, they didn't take his cell phone,... More »

Tot Vanishes After Dad Reports Carjacking

Father failed polygraph about 2-year-old girl's disappearance: Sources

(Newser) - Another toddler has mysteriously disappeared, this time in Detroit. A father reported his 2-year-old daughter, Bianca Jones, was taken in an armed carjacking. Police located the car just six blocks away 30 minutes later with the engine still running, and the girl missing. The father, Deandre Lane, has failed a... More »

Carjacker Foiled by 'Plucky Kids, Feisty Little Dog'

'You're in the wrong car,' says boy to would-be thief

(Newser) - The New York Post takes great pleasure in recounting the unbelievable-sounding story of a carjacker who met his match in the form of two "plucky kids" and their "ferocious," "feisty" toy poodle. It all started when dad Sebastian Russo left 7-year-old John and 5-year-old Robert in... More »

Guy Tries to Carjack Cop Car, Blames Batman Movie

Micah Calamosca claimed it was all part of the script

(Newser) - Micah Calamosca's first mistake was allegedly trying to carjack a vehicle inhabited by ... a plainclothes police officer. And the story only gets weirder from there: When the 21-year-old jumped into the car Saturday night and the detective drew his gun, Calamosca had his excuse ready. He told the Pittsburgh... More »

Mom, Baby Jump From Car—as It's Being Carjacked

Baby was unharmed, mother suffered head laceration

(Newser) - It's every mother's nightmare: A carjacker forced his way into a 24-year-old woman's car at a Baltimore gas station last night—and drove away while she and her 20-month-old baby were still inside. And as 22-year-old Terron White led police on a chase from I-95 to the... More »

Husband Busted in Wife's Honeymoon Murder

Shrien Dewani accused of ordering hit on his wife, Anni

(Newser) - A British businessman is facing extradition after being arrested on suspicion of conspiring to murder his bride on their South African honeymoon, the Telegraph reports. Shrien and Anni Dewani had been married just two weeks when their taxi was carjacked Nov. 13. Shrien and the driver were forced out of... More »

Parents Tackle Hijacked Car to Save Baby

Mom: Wherever my baby was going, I was going to hold on for dear life

(Newser) - Stunned parents who stopped for gas on Monday night sprinted into action as they watched a stranger speed off in their car with their baby girl strapped inside. Mom Melanie Richman, 24, was dragged across the parking lot of a Kansas City, Missouri, gas station after she managed to punch... More »

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