HAVERHILL — A carjacking and an attempted carjacking happened within minutes of each other early yesterday morning, police said.
At 2:20 a.m., a local resident reported two men, one of whom pointed a handgun at him, demanded the keys to his vehicle near the Tedeschi Food Mart at 93 Lafayette Square. The victim was able to flee from the scene on foot and call police, according to Detective Lt. Robert Pistone.
Unable to steal the victim’s car, the would-be thieves also fled on foot, Pistone said. One man was described as thin, approximately 6 feet tall, the other as short and stocky.
At 2:28 a.m., police received a separate 911 call from the Arch Street area, where a man and a woman said they were approached by a man approximately 6 feet tall. Arch Street is not far from Lafayette Square.
The man threatened the two with a handgun and forced them from their vehicle, Pistone said. He was successful in this carjacking and fled the area in the victims’ car.
Haverhill investigators are working with the state and Newton police to determine if other car thefts and carjackings in Middlesex County, including Newton, Billerica, and Carlisle, are connected with yesterday’s carjacking in Haverhill.
State Police arrested Donald Hall, 28, of Everett yesterday in Bedford, as a suspect at least three carjackings yesterday, and possibly others including Haverhill.
Just before 2 p.m., troopers saw a Toyota Tundra fitting the description of the wanted vehicle from Billerica on Hall Road in Concord, Mass. When they tried to stop the vehicle, police say Hall fled.
Hall then crashed the Tundra on Lowell Road in Concord and immediately carjacked a Ford Flex, according to police. Troopers continued to pursue Hall into Bedford, where he subsequently crashed on Spring Road, police say.
Hall was taken into custody and was transported to Leahy Clinic in Burlington with non-life threatening injuries.