Right now detectives are piecing together evidence from a reported robbery and carjacking in Richmond's East End. The victim says he was threatened and forced into the trunk of his car.
"It's scary for the neighbors, it's scary for everybody," says Anamul Hoque. He owns the store, Stop & Go, on Mechanicsville Turnpike and Ford Avenue. Police say it happened near his store.
Hoque says in the five years his store has been on this, he's never heard of a crime quite like this.
It happened after 12:30 a.m. on Wednesday. The victim told police that when he came to a stop sign, the suspect pulled out a gun, told him to give him his phone and his wallet. The victims says the suspect then told him to get into the trunk.
Officers say the car traveled several blocks with the victim locked in the trunk, before he finally found the safety latch. Around Fairfield Way, he escaped. But the suspect took off with his car.
Hoque says officers come by every morning to check in and sign a log book to show that they're patrolling. People at Hoque's store say the suspect probably wanted drugs and targeted the first person he saw.
Eunice Roney lives near-by and has lived in this part of town for years. The feisty woman says while this crime may disturb others, she has her own protection -- her faith.
"I'm 66 now but I'm not scared, God's been good to me," she says.
This is the second reported carjacking and robbery in the city in the last week. The other incident happened on the South Side in the 400 block of Westover Hills Boulevard. Detectives are looking into any similarities between the two crimes.
If you know anything that could help investigators call Crime Stoppers at 780-1000.
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