Police searching for suspect who carjacked vehicle with two kids inside, including an infant

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SOUTH FULTON, GA – Two children, including a 3-month-old infant, were recovered following a carjacking that transpired outside of a gas station in South Fulton earlier in September.

While the kids who were inside of the vehicle when it was stolen are safe, authorities are still searching for the suspect involved.

South Fulton Police say the incident occurred at approximately 8:45 p.m. on September 25th at the BP gas station located off of 3515 Cascade Road. The carjacking victim had their two children, ages 9 and 3-months-old, sitting inside of the running vehicle while going inside of the gas station.

During this time, an unidentified suspect jumped into the driver’s seat and took off with the vehicle – while the children were still inside of the vehicle.

Local authorities put out an alert for the vehicle, and Atlanta and East Point Police later recovered the vehicle at the intersection of Fairburn Road and Mays Crossing. Both of the children were found inside of the recovered vehicle, unharmed.

Police are still searching for the suspect in the carjacking but have not released any possible description of the individual behind the theft. South Fulton Police are urging that anyone with information on the incident or suspect involved to please contact Crime Stoppers of Greater Atlanta at 404-577-TIPS (8477).

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Juvenile crime explosion: Police arrest 16-year-old who shot officer in the head during a carjacking

(Originally published August 24th, 2021)

PHILADELPHIA, PA – A Philadelphia Police officer was injured by a graze wound to the head earlier in August while investigating a reported carjacking in the area of North Philadelphia.

The officer is expected to fully recover, and a juvenile suspect has been arrested in connection with the shooting. 

Authorities say on August 23rd at approximately 8:00 p.m., officers responded to a reported carjacking that reportedly transpired along the 2500 block of Aramingo Avenue. The victim of the carjacking had tracked her vehicle to 2300 block North Reese Street, which is where police arrived to search for the vehicle.

Yet as soon as the officers arrived on the scene, Philadelphia Police Commissioner Danielle Outlaw Said they immediately came under fire:

“When they responded to what they believed was…the victim’s vehicle, without warning the officers were actually shot at.”

One witness, Jalen Reynolds, described the sounds of the gunfire going off during the incident:

“Out of nowhere I heard like seven to eight gunshots consistently, and I was kind of like trying to decide if they were firecrackers or not. But it obviously wasn’t firecrackers.”

Officials believe that as many as two suspects were involved in the shooting, firing as many as 16 rounds before fleeing the area on foot. Commissioner Outlaw noted that a 28-year-old male officer with the 24th Police District suffered a graze wound to the head during the shooting.

Authorities say that no other officers were injured during the incident, with Commissioner Outlaw saying that the injured officer is doing well:

“He’s in great spirits, and again, glad to know that that he’s okay. What’s most troubling is not just someone was emboldened enough to shoot at a police officer, but someone was emboldened enough to shoot at a fully uniformed police officer and several marked units.”

Commissioner Outlaw is still taken aback by the brazenness of the crime, adding:

“So this wasn’t a question of were they sure of who they were. They knew that we were engaged in some form of an enforcement action. And they took this very brazen and very disrespectful, quite frankly, action by shooting at us and again we’re very fortunate that this officer is going to be okay.”

The unnamed officer who was injured during the incident was released from the hospital during the evening of August 23rd. He has reportedly been with the department for four years and is the son of a described “longtime homicide detective”.

Authorities arrested a 16-year-old male in connection with the shooting, which the unnamed juvenile is facing an attempted murder charge in connection with the shooting. No additional details have been released regarding the incident and investigation.

Please follow Law Enforcement Today as we continue to gather further insight into this developing case.

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Vietnam Marine veteran, a grandfather, murdered in attempted carjacking in Chicago

(Originally published July 16th, 2021)

CHICAGO, IL – A 73-year-old Vietnam war veteran, who was also a grandfather, died after he was reportedly punched during an attempted carjacking that transpired near the University of Chicago earlier in July.

Police arrested the two suspects allegedly involved.

On July 14th at approximately 12:40 p.m., Chicago Police and University of Chicago officers responded to a call of an attempted carjacking within the 1200 block of East 53rd Street. By the time officers responded, they had found 73-year-old Keith Cooper lying on the ground.

Witnesses say two suspects tried to steal Cooper’s vehicle, striking him on the head with their fists during the attempted carjacking. The two suspects were later apprehended, with preliminary reports noting one was an adult and the other a juvenile.

Apparently, the beating that Cooper suffered caused him to have a heart attack.

Keinika Carlton, Cooper’s daughter, noted that she was planning a trip with her father in the coming week, but is now working to honor her father’s final wishes:

“We were planning a trip soon in about a week. He had specific instructions for his final arrangements, so I just need to carry those out.”

Keinika spoke about her father’s passions, and the generally positive impact he brought:

“My dad, he was a sci-fi lover, a lover of jazz, loved his grandkids, loved his family, just all-around fun person to be around.”

Keinika’s husband, Curtis, saw his father-in-law as a “bonus dad”:

“He was like a bonus dad. He was my father-in-law, but he was like a dad. He was the best. Keith was the best.”

Cooper served in the Marines during Vietnam, having survived two combat tours. Sadly, his life was taken days before his birthday. 

When asked about the incident that caused her father death, Keinika described the heartbreak that someone could value the idea of stealing her father’s vehicle more than his life in those moments: 

“Selfish, just selfish. And it just makes me so angry that his car was worth more than his life to them. You know? That doesn’t even make any sense. They didn’t even get the car.”

Officials later revealed that the two suspects arrested in the victim’s murder were 18-year-old Frank Harris and a 17-year-old juvenile who remained unnamed due to the suspect’s age. 

Harris was charged with one count of murder and one count of aggravated vehicular hijacking, whereas the juvenile was charged with one count of murder and one count of attempted aggravated battery.

Harris was reportedly on probation at the time of the alleged murder for a previous conviction of aggravated carjacking conviction just two months prior to Cooper’s death. 

The juvenile in the case also hosts an extended criminal record, having been released on electronic monitoring for a stolen vehicle case from 2020 – and had an active warrant for his arrest since December for failure to appear in court for that active case. 

The juvenile also had two other cases from when he was 12-years-old, one for theft and another for unlawful possession of a firearm. By the time he was 14, he was charged with fleeing and eluding police and was sentenced to probation fort that case.

Marquinn McDonald of Watch Guard Chicago commented on the crime epidemic stemming from Chicago youths, saying it’s a matter that all should be concerned about: 

“This impacts all of us, because all of us should feel responsible for it. We all need to be connecting with these babies.”

Bond was denied for both of the defendants ion the case, with the judge noting in the juvenile’s case specifically that there was a high risk for him not appearing in court due to him having not appeared for his active 2020 case where his previous warrant was issued. 

This is a developing investigation. 

Please follow Law Enforcement Today as we continue to gather further details on this developing case. 

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