Suspects Flee Attempted Carjacking

RANDOLPH – Two suspects remain at large after a good Samaritan became the victim of an attempted armed robbery and carjacking Thursday morning in Randolph.

According to Captain Eric J. Balon of the New York State Police, the incident occurred shortly after 6 a.m. when a male victim – whose name and address were not released – noticed what appeared to be a broken-down van on the side of Coldspring Road. A man outside the van appeared to be fixing a tire.

“The victim stops, approaches the van … and as he approaches, the man stands up, displays a knife and demands the victim’s wallet and car keys,” Balon said. “The victim does not comply and they get into a scuffle. The victim breaks free and gets into his car, while the (suspect) jumps back into the van and takes off.”

The van was last seen going down Ireland Road off of Coldspring Road.

The suspect is described as a black man about 5 feet 10 inches tall, in his 30s, with no facial hair. He was wearing a black hoodie and a New York Yankees baseball cap.

The van was reportedly driven by a heavy-set, white female with long brown hair and a purple shirt.

The van is described as a black, Dodge minivan, with Pennsylvania license plates and a red peace symbol on the rear window.

“This is the first (attempted carjacking) I’ve seen in a long time,” Balon said. “They’re not that common.”

Indeed, they’re not common in Jamestown either.

In 2013, a total of 11 motor vehicle thefts were reported in the city. Seven were reported between January and April of this year. The number of such crimes pales in comparison to the number of burglaries and larcenies in Jamestown – 70 and 246, respectively in 2013.

Balon indicated that all area police departments have been notified of the wanted suspects.