Carjacking victim has to pay to get car back - - Jackson, MS

Carjacking victim has to pay to get car back

JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

A Jackson man says he is a victim of carjacking and he is furious that he has to pay to get his car back.

"Two young guys, it was five o'clock in the morning," said Tommie Collins. "I don't know who they were, but I just know both of them threw guns in my face and to my friend girl and took her wallet."

Collins relived what happened to him as he was driving along Sykes Road in Jackson.

"They took my car with everything, both cell phones. Everything I had was in the car," said Collins.

Collins says he immediately contacted the Jackson Police Department for help, and officers came up empty handed, but Collins didn't.

"I found my car Monday about 3:45p.m.," said Collins. "It was at the Village Apartments just sitting there parked with a flat tire. They left it there. They left bandanas, bullets all kinds of things in my car."

Collins called Jackson Police once again to file a report. Police officers on scene told Collins items in his 1997 green Honda Accord could have finger prints which ultimately could lead them to the suspects.

"So that's why he said they had to tow it to the crime lab. But, he told me it wasn't going to be a fee for me to get my car back," says Collins.

Since then, JPD towed the car to the city's impound lot. Now the victim of the carjacking is faced with a 75 dollar fee before he can get back behind the wheel.

"I shouldn't have to pay to get it back," said Collins. "I was carjacked, I'm the victim. I shouldn't have to pay to get my car back."

According to the Jackson Police Department, the 75 dollars is a standard fee all people have to pay to receive their car. The department says this money goes towards the towing bill.

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