Columbia man, 30, carjacked outside Long Reach apartment

May 05, 2002|By Tricia Bishop | Tricia Bishop,SUN STAFF

Columbia resident Yong Shin said he got home from Bible study Thursday night only to have his car stolen at gunpoint.

According to Howard County police, Shin reported he had just gotten out of his car, a 1996 white Nissan Maxima, when two youths approached him about 11:30 p.m. One of them had a gun, police said.

"They said give me your car keys and your wallet, everything you have and we won't hurt you," Shin said yesterday in an interview with The Sun.

Police said Shin was on the parking lot outside of his Long Reach apartment building in the 8600 block of Cobblefield Drive.

"I just tried to remain calm," said Shin, 30. "I didn't want them to think that I was going to do anything stupid."

He said the youths took his keys and searched his pockets for a wallet, which Shin didn't have. They took his cell phone and the car, but first Shin had to deactivate the alarm for them. According to police, the carjackers fled west on Tamar Drive.

Shin described the carjackers as black youths about 16 or 17 years old with medium builds. One man was about 5 feet 11 inches tall and the other was about 5 feet 6 inches tall, police said.

The car, with Texas plates XJB 32F, had not been recovered as of yesterday and no arrests had been made.

Shin said he moved to Columbia from Texas about eight months ago.

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