Woman carjacked outside Miami Gardens home

Neighbor says woman tried to fight off carjacker

MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. – Police are searching for a man who carjacked a woman outside her Miami Gardens home.

The carjacking occurred Tuesday morning on Northwest 170th Street near 30th Avenue.

"I couldn't believe what was happening," neighbor David Lopez said. "It's normally pretty quiet around here. So for that to happen, yeah, it's kind of shocking." 

Miami Gardens police said the man drove off in the woman's gray Dodge Charger with racing stripes.

A neighbor told Local 10 News that the woman was locking her front gate when a man wearing a black hoodie got into the driver's seat. He said the woman tried to fight off the man, but he was able to push her away and drove off.

"I was in my truck, just doing some paperwork before I got to work, and I hear some screaming. And I see her wrestling with the guy, or whatever," Lopez said. "She was closing her gate and he tried to just jump in. And she ran toward the driver's side, trying to jump in. Her purse was in there too and everything. So she was trying to get her stuff."

Police said the victim first spotted the thief as he got out of a dark-colored truck in front of her home. As the truck pulled away, the man jumped into the victim's car. 

"They were wrestling pretty hard. It's kind of messed up -- grown man wrestling a woman like that, you know?" Lopez said. "When he backed up, she was kind of in the car still. So he could've ran over her or something."

Police said the victim wasn't injured, but they are still searching for her car, which was last seen traveling east. 

It is described as a gray 2017 Dodge Charger with black racing stripes on the roof and Florida tag JIGK75.

"Right now, we don't know what the motives are," Miami Gardens police Officer Nelly Jospeh said. "We just want to make sure that our community stays alert, and if they see anything that feels a little funny or out of place, to give us a call."

Anyone with information about the carjacking is asked to call Detective Luis Gonzalez at 305-474-1641. Anonymous tips can be made by calling Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS.

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