Decatur police search for carjacking suspects

- Police are looking for at least two men in connection with a violent carjacking in downtown Decatur.

According to Decatur police, a man pulled into the shopping center parking lot located at the corner of West Ponce de Leon Avenue and Commerce Drive just before 10 p.m. Saturday to look something up on his phone. The man reported seeing an older car arrive around the same time. Just a short time later, two men opened the doors of the man’s sedan and got into the back seat with a rifle.

The two suspects demanded the man hand over his belongings and he complied, giving them $1,000 in cash and his cell phone before they ordered him out of the car.

The carjackers and the other vehicle both drove off. The victim was not hurt.

“For something to happen on your doorstep is quite frightening,” said Peter Lornie, who lives just down the street from that parking lot. “It's very unusual for Decatur. You know, it's such a family-oriented town and that's the way it is.  So, hopefully these people can be found and taken care of in the correct manner.”

Decatur police said the investigation remains open.

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