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Cop Accused of Attacking, Carjacking Uber Driver

But Boston police veteran ends up with serious injuries

(Newser) - A veteran Boston police officer is facing charges after he allegedly assaulted an Uber driver—but the cop says he was really the victim. According to a police report, Michael Doherty, 40, a veteran of 16 years, was riding in an Uber car early Sunday when he verbally accosted the... More »

Would-Be Carjackers Foiled by Stick Shift

They can't drive manual transmission, run off

(Newser) - Police in Florida say two would-be carjackers almost got away with a vehicle in Ocala but didn't know how to drive a stick shift. The Ocala Star-Banner reports the owner of a 2014 Toyota Corolla told police he was sitting in his car talking on his cell phone when... More »

Police: We Shot Man Who Aimed at Passing Cars

Portland cops say they wounded would-be carjacker

(Newser) - Police in Portland, Oregon, say an officer today shot a man who was a pointing a gun at passing cars on an Interstate 84 offramp today. Sgt. Pete Simpson says the man ran from the freeway after he was struck by a bullet, and he collapsed on a nearby street.... More »

2 Men Charged for Carjacking That Killed 3 Kids

Philadelphia suspects also accused of sexually assaulting car owner

(Newser) - Two arrests have been made in the heartbreaking carjacking case that ended with the deaths of three children Friday after the suspects plowed the stolen SUV into a family selling fruit on a Philadelphia street corner. Johnathan Rosa, 19, and Cornelius Crawford, 23, were each charged with three counts of... More »

Carjackers Plow Into Crowd, Kill 3 Kids

Mother is in critical condition in Philadelphia

(Newser) - The three siblings ages 7, 10, and 15 were selling fruit to raise money for a church playground, and all were killed when carjackers lost control of an SUV in Philadelphia and plowed into pedestrians at an intersection, say police. Their mother is in critical condition, and two other people... More »

Would-Be Carjackers Should Have Learned to Drive Stick

70-year-old's devious 5-speed wins the day when kids can't drive it

(Newser) - Kids these days can't even jack an old lady's car correctly: KIRO brings us the tale of three teenage would-be carjackers in Seattle who were thwarted by a lowly manual transmission. Nancy Fredrickson, 70, was getting something out of the trunk of her Kia Saturday when three kids... More »

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 »

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