Carjacker escapes with Cadillac in Newark

Exxon station at 820 S. College Ave. in Newark (Photo: Google maps)
Exxon station at 820 S. College Ave. in Newark (Photo: Google maps)

NEWARK, DELAWARE (7/17/2015) A Newark man was injured when he tried to stop a carjacker from taking his vehicle at an Exxon station on South College Avenue, city police said Thursday.

Lt. Bill Hargrove gave this account:

At about 8:12 p.m. Wednesday the victim stopped at the gas station to pick up some air fresheners.

“He parked his car next to the building but left the keys in the ignition. While in the store he observed the suspect get into the driver side of his vehicle and start to pull away. The victim ran from the store and dove into the driver side window. While fighting with the suspect the car quickly backed from its parking spot and struck the gas pumps knocking them from their base. This threw the victim onto the ground and allowed the suspect to escape with the vehicle. The vehicle was last seen travelling north on South College Avenue.”

Hargrove said the stolen vehicle is a black 2006 Cadillac CTS with a Delaware temporary tack.

The victim, 34, had just purchased the car on Sunday.

Hargrove said his injuries were minor and he declined treatment at the scene.

The carjacker was described as black, 20-30 years old, about 5-feet-11, with short hair and wearing a gray hoodie, black shorts and tan work boots.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective James Skinner at 302-366-7100 ext. 3135 or James.Skinner@cj.state.de.us.