UPDATE FROM MPD: Wednesday at about 10:30 a.m. police spotted the Chevy Malibu that had been carjacked earlier. Police attempted to stop the vehicle as it fled. After a short pursuit officers apprehended and detained two suspects that were occupying the vehicle. Earnest Law, 24, was arrested and charged with receiving stolen property 1st and eluding police. Law is being held at Mobile County Metro Jail. The other subject was interviewed and release. The investigation is ongoing.
Mobile Police are investigating an overnight armed robbery and carjacking. It happened Wednesday at 1:50 a.m. at the intersection of Cottage Hill and Sage Avenue.
Police say the woman was hit from behind by a tan Chevy Malibu. When she got out of her car to check the damage -- a man in the care that hit her walked over and put a gun to her head. The suspect demanded the woman and her passenger's cell phones.
As the victims started running away, the suspect fired one shot at them before driving off in the victim's silver Ford Fusion. Another woman who was in the car with the suspect drove off in the tan Malibu.
"If you're hit from behind and you don't feel comfortable stopping... Your first thing to do is call 911. If you don't feel comfortable stopping don't stop there... Drive to a well lit parking lot and stay on the phone with 911 until officers arrive," said Captain Paul Burch, Mobile County Sheriff's Office.
Captain Burch says the number one thing they stress to people is to be aware of their surroundings, especially at night.
Though no one was hurt, it reminded Burch of the De'Launa Anderson case, which had a very different outcome. The 24-year-old single mother and popular make-up artist was found shot multiple times inside her car around 5 a.m. in October 2016 in the area of Broad Street and I-10 Service Road. Anderson was on her way to work. Two teens were arrested months later. Police believe robbery to be the motive.
"For instance - the young lady that was killed a couple of years ago just down the road. They were trying to flag her down and didn't stop... And they started shooting. But she was able to see what was happening and we interviewed witnesses -- who along with MPD, who were coming home from work. They realized what was happening and they sped right through after they realized those guys were up to no good," recalled Burch.
Bottom line -- if something doesn't look right -- try to avoid it. But if your life is threatened -- give them what they want.
"If they're there and they have a weapon -- your car is not worth getting shot over. It's a piece of property. Comply let them drive off and file your insurance claim," said Burch.
Burch also advises keeping your doors locked at night -- to avoid someone walking up and opening them when stopped at an intersection.
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