Alachua police investigate possible carjacking attempt

The driver may have scared off a man who tried to open a door.

Published: Tuesday, January 24, 2012 at 8:47 a.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, January 24, 2012 at 8:47 a.m.

The Alachua Police Department is investigating a possible carjacking attempt Tuesday morning in which the driver might have scared off the suspect.

Investigators are looking for anyone who might have witnessed the incident shortly before 7 a.m. at the traffic light at 14000 U.S. 441, police spokesman Detective Jesse Sandusky said.

“A lady was stopped for the red light when a man tried to open the back door on the passenger side of her car,” Sandusky said, “but the door was locked. We don’t know what his motive was.”

The woman, who was alone in her car, told police she began honking the horn, and the man ran off to the south along the four-lane highway.

The woman drove to her home and told her husband what happened, and the husband called police, Sandusky said.

Police said the driver described the culprit as being a young, skinny black man who was wearing a dark, hoodie-style sweatshirt and jeans.

Anyone who might have witnessed the event may call the Alachua Police Department at 386-462-1396.

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