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Woman Carjacked at Dacula Gas Station

Friend of Jeep owner forced out of vehicle at gunpoint.

Police are investigating a carjacking that occurred Aug. 2 at a Dacula convenience store.

A Dacula woman said her Jeep Compass was stolen while she was inside the . The woman’s friend was sitting inside the car at the time of the incident.

According to the friend, a man who had been standing near the entrance to the store walked over to the car, opened the driver’s side door and said, “I’m taking the vehicle. Get out.” When the friend refused, the man reportedly replied, “Get out. I have a gun.” At that point, the friend exited the vehicle and the suspect drove away. The friend said she did not actually see the gun.

The suspect is described as a bald white male in his early 30s with tattoos on his arms and a tattoo of the year 1977 under one of his eyes. At the time of the incident, he was wearing a white t-shirt and blue jeans.

The victim’s vehicle, a 2008 red Jeep Compass bearing Georgia license plate BUD8900, has been listed as stolen.

Police plan to review the store’s video surveillance for clues to the suspect's identity. The case is listed as active.

Jazz Man August 05, 2011 at 11:56 AM
I remember when the 'news' in Dacula was the road blocks on 29 on weekends. It's a shame that society has turned on itself like it has. Not just crimes in the city anymore... very sad.
Gary Fox August 05, 2011 at 12:31 PM
Jazz Man, your comment caused me to have "a flashback" & your also aging yourself. I don't care what anyone says - 30+ years ago really was a simpler time of life. What seemed like trouble back then is mild by today's standards.
Sheila A. August 05, 2011 at 01:14 PM
Apparently the driver's side door was not locked when the driver went into the station/store. I also assume because of the heat, the car was left on, with the keys in the ignition so that the a/c could remain running. Those are two very big mistakes. The friend could have locked the door after the driver exited and unlocked it when she returned. Blasting on the horn would have called unwanted attention to the car when the man approached the car and chances are he would have run off. People are going to have to start paying attention to their surroundings and take a bigger stake in protecting themselves and their family. A gun was never seen in this carjacking, only talked about. With the advent of better anti-theft devices in newer cars, stealing one that is already running is the method of choice for low lives. Crime is even up in my Dacula Subdivision. People need to learn how to protect themselves and make these punks look for an easier target.
Kayla August 06, 2011 at 04:29 PM
To the person above me, when your a young girl & someone tells you they have a gun and get out of a car; you'd probably listen. It was my car that was stolen & it was recovered with everything in it. I'd prefer if no one blames my friend. It was a crazy incident and hopefully it will never happen again. Lessson learned.
Kayla August 06, 2011 at 04:30 PM
* nothing in it. Sorry.
Sheila A. August 07, 2011 at 01:01 PM
Kayla, I am very happy this story has a happy ending for both you and your friend. My point is that it could have ended totally differently for your friend. If the doors had been locked, the man would have never gotten in the driver's seat to steal your car and most importantly threaten your friend. He never showed a gun, just said he had one and I agree that I would have gladly exchanged the car for even the idea that your friend could have been hurt. Truth is, he could have not said anything, he could have jumped in your car and sped off with your friend in the passenger seat to rape and kill her at another secluded location. You and she need to realize that this was a "best case scenario" and it all worked out for the best for all, but it could have led to your friend being kidnapped, raped and/or killed. You and she BOTH need to make smarter choices where your safety is concerned. I hope you learned that. Crime has come with a vengence to even our little Dacula and it is not the safe peaceful place it was years ago. We all have to change and protect ourselves against it. A simple thing like locking your car doors when you went into the Texaco would have kept your friend out of danger. That is not nearly as hard to do as making her come up against a car jacker and possible kidnapper, rapist and killer. I am not saying everyone has to get a black belt, but doing simple things to deter crime is your and your friend's duty. I am glad she is okay.
Joe thomas November 30, 2011 at 10:30 PM
Kayla I think your freind did the right thing by getting out,,, locking the doors would only make the carjacker break the window,,, don't worry about what everybody says,, they wernt there.
Kari Shoebridge Montgomery August 31, 2012 at 02:22 AM
Wow...Kayla so glad your friend is okay and you are as well! I think she probably "learned her lesson" ...Sheila

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