Cops: Carjackers forced victim to drive them around Atlanta

A man was held at gunpoint, hit in the head and forced to drive accused robbers around in his red 2008 Dodge Magnum for hours overnight in west Atlanta, Atlanta police said.

Police were dispatched around 1 a.m. Monday to Joseph Lowery and Joseph Boone boulevards, where the victim was dropped off with minor lacerations to his head after robbers stole his car, Atlanta police spokeswoman Elizabeth Espy said.

The victim said he had just left a corner store at MLK Drive and Lynnhurst Drive around 10 p.m. and was heading south on Lynnhurst when he slowed to allow a man to cross the roadway in his path. That’s when the young man opened his driver-side door and jumped in holding a firearm, Espy said.

Several other men jumped in the car as well, and the victim was ordered to keep driving. He drove the men to several locations in and around the city for the next couple hours. After picking up laptop computers at one location, they headed to the Greenbriar Mall area and stopped at the Chevron on Headland Drive around midnight, Espy said.

An officer watched the men go inside the store. She said they behaved suspiciously, and she attempted to stop the car after it committed several traffic violations.

She flashed blue lights, and the car fled down Headland Drive toward East Point.

Espy said the officer didn’t know there was a victim being held at gunpoint, so she did not chase the fleeting car.

The victim was later dumped in northwest Atlanta, and he refused treatment by a Grady Memorial Hospital emergency response worker.

The officer gave the victim a ride home, and his vehicle is still outstanding at this time, Espy said.

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