Gary city worker carjacked at gunpoint

2014-03-25T20:30:00Z 2014-03-25T21:57:19Z Gary city worker carjacked at gunpointElvia Malagon, (219) 933-3246

GARY | A city worker was carjacked at gunpoint Tuesday morning in his department vehicle, police said.

The carjacking happened at 11:25 a.m. in the 4100 block of Washington Street as Kenneth Jenkins, a city building inspector, was sitting in his parked 2011 Ford Escape, Gary police said.

Two teens walked up to the department car and pointed a handgun at Jenkins, police said. The teens ordered Jenkins, 53, out of the car and asked him if the Escape had gas. 

The teens then searched the worker's pockets and left in the Escape, which was carrying city-owned electronics, police said.

At 3:15 p.m., officers patrolling the area of 37th Avenue and Washington Street spotted four people inside the stolen department vehicle. The people got out of the car and began running after realizing police were following them. 

All four were eventually stopped and arrested by Gary police. 

Dwayne Crisler, 23, faces charges of carjacking, pointing a loaded firearm and robbery, police said. Devante Pope, 18, faces charges of criminal trespassing and resisting arrest. 

An unidentified 17-year-old was charged with criminal trespassing and resisting arrest, and a 14-year-old was charged with carjacking and robbery, police said. 

Gary Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson released a statement, saying the incident was unfortunate, but she was happy Jenkins was not injured. 

"Let this be a message to would-be criminals in our city that we take every case seriously, and we will find you," she said in the prepared statement. 

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