Woman uses her flashlight to stop would-be carjacker

April 05, 1996|By Ed Heard | Ed Heard,SUN STAFF

A would-be carjacker was reformed, if only for a morning, after his intended victim hit him on the head with a metal flashlight, sending him running away the same as he had approached -- a pedestrian.

Marlene Rodriguez, 26, of Laurel was not injured when a man crept next to her as she sat in her car at 8 a.m. in the 7200 block of Dockside Lane in the Owen Brown village and pulled her from the vehicle, police said.

The man demanded her keys, but Ms. Rodriguez was able to grab a flashlight from her vehicle and hit him. The man ran from the scene and dashed out of sight between houses near the Owen Brown Village Center, police said.

The man was described as black, bald, 6 feet tall and about 20 years old. He wore a burgundy polo shirt, dark jeans and work boots, police said.

Howard County police said they do not keep separate statistics for carjacking, but a spokesman said it is a rarity in the county.

The last reported carjacking attempt was in Jessup on Jan. 4, when a 43-year-old Elkridge woman was assaulted as she was getting into her car after using a pay telephone on U.S. 1.

A masked gunman ordered her out of her car and pistol-whipped her when she refused. He fled on foot.

Police log

Owen Brown: 7300 block of Carved Stone: Someone broke a home's basement window with a rock and pulled its screen away Tuesday, but police said no one had entered the house.

Pub Date: 4/05/96

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