Man beaten, his car stolen at gunpoint

April 23, 1992|By Alisa Samuels | Alisa Samuels,Staff Writer

30-year-old man was beaten with a handgun and robbed of his car when he stopped at a stop sign in southwest Baltimore last night, police said.

This method of auto theft, known as car-jacking, is a growing crime nationally in which vehicles are commandeered at gunpoint.

A police spokesman described it this way: "You go down the street in your car, and then you're walking. Someone else has your car."

About 10:15 p.m., Douglas Ford stopped at a stop sign in the 500 block of Yale Ave. Three men then stood in front of his blue 1985 Buick LeSabre, blocking it from moving, police said.

"Then one approached the driver's side and began to beat him in the face with a gun through an opened window," the police spokesman said. Mr. Ford was pulled from the car and his assailants got in and drove away.

The two-door Buick has a partial vinyl roof and Maryland dealer plates 1A33150, police said.

Mr. Ford was treated at the scene by a city ambulance crew.

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