Video of men believed to have carjacked Belhaven student - - Jackson, MS

Surveillance video of men believed to have carjacked Belhaven student

By Cheryl Lasseter - bio|email|twitter

JACKSON, MS (WLBT) - The surveillance video depicts two men shopping at the Times Square clothing store inside Metrocenter Mall around 7:45 Wednesday night. At one point they made purchases, using credit cards belonging to a 22-year-old Brandon woman. Earlier Wednesday evening, the woman was the victim of a carjacking, kidnapping, and robbery.

At 7:15 Wednesday night, she was leaving her class at Belhaven University and walking toward a street off Peachtree Street. As she approached her Mazda car, a man came up to her from behind with a gun, snatched her purse, and told her to get in the car and start driving. Police say he also threatened to rape her. A white car carrying three more men trailed behind.

When the woman got to the Capitol Street intersection, she deliberately hit the car in front of her. The man driving that vehicle got out.

"Once he noticed the suspect with a weapon, he got back into his vehicle and notified the police. Within minutes, police were in the area," Officer Green said.

90 minutes later, two armed men wearing masks and bandanas pillaged the cash registers at the McDonald's on Clinton Boulevard. Witnesses told police four men fled on foot, north across Clinton Boulevard.

"The attempted armed robbery of a business at McDonald's on Clinton Boulevard was in the same area as the armed carjacking and kidnapping of the victim at Belhaven," Officer Green said.

Lots of women live and walk near Belhaven University, at all hours.

"I run this block all the time, every morning pretty much," said Staci Wigelsworth, who lives nearby.

Wigelsworth is stunned to hear about the carjacking. She said she always carries mace. "I like a knife too. When you're in a situation like that, you have to just think quick," she added.

Belhaven University President Dr. Roger Parrott said in the past 16 years, he's only known of one other violent incident involving a student near campus. "We're gonna respond to it with stronger security, security that's in the streets as students come out of class," he said.

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