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October 29, 2013
DALLAS -- Police are looking for a man who forced his way into a passing car at gunpoint Friday morning, demanding the owner drive him a short distance through town before the victim was able to escape.
The victim, a 35-year-old Dallas resident, reported the attempted carjacking shortly after 8 a.m. Friday. He told police he was driving on Southwest Levens Street when he saw a pedestrian waiting to cross the street at Walnut Avenue. The driver stopped to allow the man to cross the street, but instead the man ran to the car, pointed a gun at the victim and jumped inside.
The suspect forced the victim to drive to the 300 block of Southwest Fir Villa Road, where he demanded the driver stop and get out so he could drive the car. However, the victim sped off as soon as the suspect got out of the car. The victim called police from a relative's home.
Polk County Sheriff's Office, Monmouth Police and a Salem Police canine unit assisted Dallas officers on a search of the area after the incident was reported, but the suspect wasn't found.
The suspect is described as being an adult male, 55 to 60 years of age, with dark, weathered-looking skin, red hair, and a thin build. He was last reported to be wearing a brown plaid "hoodie-"type jacket and ripped up, tan, Carhartt-style pants.
The suspect stole Brown's wallet, which contained cash and identification documents.
The incident remains under investigation. Anyone with information is asked to contact Dallas Sgt. Rob Hatchell at 503-831-3516.