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Tuesday, May 12 2015
Calgary police seek suspect after car with disabled passenger aboard carjacked
April 1, 2015 Updated : April 1, 2015 | 6:59 pm
The Calgary Police Service says a woman suffering from cerebral palsy was taken for a ride with a carjacker after the vehicle she was in was allegedly stolen at gunpoint.
Det. Jack Russell says a call for service came in around 10 a.m. when a support worker had her 2004 Toyota RAV4 taken from the Marlborough Park Mall.
“The driver was forced out of the vehicle allegedly at gunpoint and the car was stolen with the disabled passenger still onboard,” Russell said.
The woman was found a short time later in the 5000 block of Marbank Drive NE., but police say it’s unknown whether she escaped the car herself or was forced out of the vehicle by the suspect.
Both women, the driver and the passenger, were speaking with Calgary detectives on Wednesday afternoon and Russell said neither of the victims was injured.
“It doesn’t happen every day fortunately and, at the end of the day, its good that both victims are safe and well,” he said.
Police say the alleged carjacker is a white woman in her 40s, with brown hair and, at the time of the offence, she was wearing a grey hoodie with a dark jacket overtop, black pants and brown footwear.
Neither the suspect or the vehicle have been located by police, and Russell said police are also collecting CCTV footage from the area in hopes of identifying the alleged perpetrator.
Russell explained if members of the public find themselves in a situation where they’re being robbed or carjacked, it’s better to co-operate, get to safety and then call 911.
“If something like this happens, it’s better just to give up your piece of property … and then phone 911,” he said, adding later “Because life is more important than a piece of metal.”
Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact the Calgary Police Service at 1-403-266-1234 or Crime Stoppers.