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.