Police search for suspect in carjacking incident

Coon Rapids Police are searching for the suspect in carjacking incident the night of Aug. 15.

Several teens were at a bonfire in the backyard of a residence on the 3800 block of 123rd Avenue shortly before 11 p.m. when a male walked in from the south side of the home, pointed a small, silver, semiautomatic handgun at the teens and demanded car keys, according to the police report.

When one of the teens tried to call 911, the suspect took the phone and threw it into some nearby bushes, the police report states.

Eventually, one of the teens gave the suspect the keys to the vehicle she was driving and the suspect left in a 2006 Chrysler 300c, which was registered to the girl’s father.

The suspect was described as a black male, under 20 years of age, between 5 feet 9 inches and 5 feet 11 inches tall, wearing a black hooded sweatshirt, black ski mask, black basketball shorts with red and white stripes down each side and dark-colored basketball shoes.

He left eastbound on Wedgewood Drive toward Round Lake Boulevard.

The vehicle was recovered in Pheasant Ridge Park, Coon Rapids, according to Detective Sgt. Jon Urquhart, Coon Rapids Police.

But the car’s original license plates were missing and had been replaced by different license plates, Urquhart said.

Police traced those plates to the registered vehicle’s owner and learned that the car had been in storage for several months at a Coon Rapids storage business.

When police checked the storage unit where the car was located, the plates were gone, according to the police report.

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