Student details frightening account of coming face-to-face with carjacker's gun

ATLANTA — A local college student is one of the six people police said a robbing crew has targeted.

The woman told Channel 2's Matt Johnson that she hid behind a car when she realized what was happening and started to dial 911 -- but she ended up getting robbed herself.

The Georgia Tech student said her first instinct was to help a man who was running in a panic on her way to campus.

“At first, I didn’t know there was a gun involved. I would just help this guy on the side of the road,” the student told Johnson, asking not to be identified.

She quickly realized she was witnessing a carjacking near the Ansley Golf Cub Monday around 5:30 a.m.

“I heard him in a panicked voice, ‘Don’t shoot, don’t shoot,’” she said.

The student told Johnson that she got off her bicycle and hid behind a car on Montgomery Ferry Drive to dial 911.


“I got my phone up and I looked up and the guy was running at me and he had a gun,” the student said.

Investigators said the robbers got away with the car and robbed the student as well.

Those two robberies were the first of six in the midtown and south Buckhead areas of Atlanta this week.

Police said less than an hour after thieves robbed the Georgia Tech student they shot at a man and stole his silver Infiniti G25.

Surveillance video shows the stolen car follow a man home in the Lindbergh area Wednesday before they carjacked him and left with his black Audi.

“These types of crimes are simply unacceptable in the city of Atlanta,” Atlanta police Deputy Chief Jeff Glazier said.

Ansley Park security officers are telling neighbors to skip or postpone early morning walks or runs until police can make arrests.

That's advice the college student said she is ready to take.

“I’m a little bit scared to run in the dark now,” she told Johnson.

The suspects are described as adults who are wearing masks when committing the crimes.

Police said the robberies are happening between 5 and 7 a.m. and the thieves are after high-end cars.