Men posing as police sought in carjacking

May 09, 2007|By ANICA BUTLER | ANICA BUTLER,Sun Reporter

Two men posing as police officers pulled over a driver and carjacked his vehicle early yesterday in Laurel, Anne Arundel County police said.

The 31-year-old man from Washington was driving on Route 198 near Watts Avenue shortly after midnight when he was stopped by a dark-colored vehicle with a flashing blue and red light on the dash, police said.

According to police, a man wearing a black uniform-style jacket and blue jeans approached the driver and asked for his license.

As the driver handed his license over, a second man got into the car through the passenger door, displayed a handgun and ordered the driver out. This man drove off in the victim's car, police said.

The car, a rental, is a gray Ford Edge with Virginia license tag KER4185.

Suggested precautions

Cpl. Mark L. Shawkey, an Anne Arundel County police spokesman, said motorists being pulled over by an unmarked police car should take the following precautions:

Continue driving until you feel you are in a safe area.

Turn on an interior light so officers can see you are complying with the order to stop.

Pull over in a well-lit area, such as a parking lot or a gas station.

Call 911 to report you are being followed, and request that a marked car be sent if you feel uncomfortable.

There is no way to tell whether a car with flashing red and blue lights is a police car, Shawkey said, because the Police Department uses several models of unmarked cars.

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