GARY — A man suspected in a carjacking evaded police but a car was recovered after a brief chase early Sunday, police said.
A man told police he pulled into the Save gas station about 3 a.m. in the 6200 block of West Fifth Avenue, paid at the pump for gas and opened the trunk of his dark blue 2017 Chevrolet Impala, Cmdr. Jack Hamady said.
As the man was closing the trunk, a man “came out of nowhere” and pointed a gun at the victim’s head, police said.
The suspect, who was wearing a black face mask, got into the idling car and drove off eastbound on Fifth Avenue.
The victim called 911 to report the carjacking, Hamady said.
Dispatchers broadcast a description of the car, and an officer spotted the Impala in the 400 block of Garfield Street.
As the officer approached, the driver took off, heading west on West Eighth Avenue, police said.
The first officer lost sight of the Impala, but another officer spotted it and picked up the pursuit, Hamady said.
The second officer attempted to stop the Impala near West Sixth Avenue and McKinley Street, but the driver continued on and crashed near West Third Avenue and Grant Street.
The driver ran and wasn’t located, police said. A cellphone, but no weapons, were recovered from the car.
Anyone with information is asked to call Sgt. Thomas Decanter at 219-881-1209. To remain anonymous, call 866-CRIME-GP.
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