DECATUR – A Decatur health care worker was robbed of her car Friday afternoon in a crime police describe as a “vehicular hijacking.”

It happened around noon while the 23-year-old female driver was parked in the 1300 block of North Poole Street near the intersection with West Waggoner Street. Sgt. Josh Sheets said the woman told police she had driven there because she always drives around to find a “safe place” to park and complete her charting paperwork.

“She had sat there for a couple of minutes when a black male approached the driver's side window and told her get out of the car, saying he had a gun,” said Sheets. The suspect didn't produce the weapon, but patted his pocket as if the gun were inside.

“The victim said she did not resist so she she would not get shot,” Sheets added. After she got out, the suspect jumped in and drove away, leaving the victim upset but unharmed physically. The suspect is described as aged 20-25, 180-200 pounds, between 5-feet-11 and 6-feet-tall, with his hair in long dreadlocks, and was wearing pants and a gray shirt. The silver 2014 model Dodge Dart car had not been recovered by Sunday evening.

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Courts and public safety reporter for the Herald & Review.

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