Police are searching for a suspect accused of carjacking a pair of victims in Carlsbad and running them over before fleeing in the stolen car.
According to police, the carjacking happened on July 2 around 7:45 p.m. at the Westfield Plaza Camino Real Mall in the 2500 block of El Camino Real.
Police said they received a call from a victim who said he had walked up to his white 2002 Honda Accord and found a suspect trying to steal it.
After the victim confronted the suspect, the suspect started the victim’s car to escape. While doing so, the suspect backed the stolen car and hit both the victim and his wife with the vehicle, authorities said.
The victims sustained minor injuries but were not transported to a hospital.
The suspect also hit a parked car during his escape.
A short time later, the Carlsbad Police Department said officers recovered the stolen Honda Accord in the 1800 block of Marron Road.
The suspect was last seen fleeing on foot near Jefferson Street and Highway 78 on the border of Oceanside and Carlsbad, police said. Officers immediately scoured the area for the suspect, but were unable to find him.
More than a week later, police are asking for the public’s assistance in locating the carjacking suspect, described by police as a slim man in his 30s, about 180-pounds with reddish hair and an unshaven face.
A sketch of the suspect has been released.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Carlsbad Police Detective James Willis at (760) 931-2161 or Crime Stoppers at (888) 580-8477.
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