EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

August 30, 2013

Police: City man fights off armed carjackers

Men pointed gun at victim outside nursing home

By Mike LaBella

---- — HAVERHILL — Police said a Haverhill man was parking his car at a local nursing home when two men tried to steal the car at gunpoint.

The man fought off the carjackers — but police said they recommend people in similar situations comply with robbers’ demands to avoid being hurt.

The incident was reported to police by the nursing home on Wednesday at 2:14 a.m.

The victim, a man in his 50s, told police that he was in the process of parking his car at the Oxford Rehabilitation and Nursing Care Center at 689 Main St., where he planned to visit a family member. He said two men approached the car, knocked on his window and asked directions to the highway. Interstate 495 is about a quarter-mile away.

Police said one of the suspects then pulled out a gun and forced the man out of the car. Police said he began to struggle with the two men, and eventually they ran off.

The victim told police that one of the men was wearing a yellow shirt.

Police Deputy Chief Donald Thompson said officers searched the area and encountered two men, whom they stopped and questioned. The two men were not arrested.

Police Detective William O’Connell is investigating.

“Carjackings are rare in Haverhill,” Thompson said. “But there have been a few street robberies recently.

“Wherever you are, be aware of your surroundings,” he said. “Especially at that time of morning, you have to be alert.”

Thompson said that in these kinds of situations, it’s probably best to comply with the robbers’ demands and call police when it is safe to do so.