Buckhead sees rise in ‘bumping’ carjackings; police warn drivers
by The Associated Press
May 04, 2013 12:10 AM | 2513 views | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend | print
ATLANTA — Atlanta police are warning motorists to be on guard for a type of carjacking that occurs after vehicles are bumped in traffic.

There have been at least three carjackings in the city’s Buckhead area since Friday, WSB-TV reported.

The most recent crime happened around 11 p.m. Wednesday near West Wesley and Howell Mill roads.

Mark Hutto said he and his wife were stopped at a traffic light when another car bumped him.

“We got a slight tap on the back of the car,” Hutto recalls.

The couple got out of their car to see who hit them. There were three men in the car, Hutto said, and the driver pointed a pistol in his face.

“It was real simple: ‘Give me everything you got or I’m going to kill you,’” Hutto said.

He gave the man his wallet, he said. That man then took Hutto’s car, taking off on Howell Mill Road with the other car following. Hutto and his wife were left standing on the road.

Looking back on the ordeal, Hutto says he made a mistake in getting out of his car.

“You don’t think about those things until something like this happens to you,” Hutto said. “But you know, I know how I’ll handle it next time.”

Drivers in similar situations should stay inside their vehicles, lock the doors, put on the flashers, and call 911 to report the crash, Atlanta police Maj. Van Hobbs said.
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