0

Two arrested in carjacking

ALBANY, Ga. -- Two carjacking suspects were arrested in Front Street by Albany police Friday, about 15 minutes after gunman stole an SUV from its owner at the Albany Mall.

A juvenile and an adult were taken from an SUV, cuffed and whisked away for questioning about 2:20 p.m. Friday at the entrance to the Hilton Garden Inn.

According to Phyllis Banks, Albany Police Department spokeswoman, police believe the pair were two-thirds of an armed trio that carjacked a white 2002 Chevrolet Tahoe from the parking lot of the Albany Mall about 2:05 p.m.

"The victim stated being approached by three black males. One of them had a gun," Banks said. "The victim's white Tahoe was taken. Two of the suspects fled the scene in the vehicle. Detectives are questioning a juvenile and one adult."

No word on the third carjacker or any other details were available late Friday.

The man driving the Tahoe appeared to have been heading south on Front Street when his path was blocked by Albany police cruisers that turned onto Front Street from Oglethorpe Boulevard.

There was also an undercover police car trailing the Tahoe when it was stopped.

"The police pulled their guns out and one put a gun to the driver's head," said a witness to the arrests who didn't want to reveal his name. "The driver just turned off the engine and got out of the car."

Officers surrounded the SUV and the patrol cars, blocking the street off with yellow crime tape. Front Street was blocked for about an hour.

Before the arrest, a police scanner had come alive with police officers talking about a carjacking by Dillard's at the Albany Mall, about five miles west of the arrest site.