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Aug 5, 2013 3:05 PM by Rachel Cole - rcole@kristv.com

Residents Warned to Be Careful After Carjacking Spree

CORPUS CHRISTI - Police are looking for two hispanic men who carried out three carjackings yesterday. They targeted three women and threatened to shoot them if they didn't give them their cars.

The first carjacking happened at 3:30 Sunday morning at the Waterford Apartment complex off Weber. The second incident happened about half an hour later when they held a woman at gunpoint as she parked her car at the Gardens Apartments on Everhart.

A few hours later, the same two men forced a woman off the road near Brookhaven and Highway 77 out in Calallen. The thieves got her to pull over, then blocked her way back onto the road. The Honda Civic taken from that woman was found yesterday in a barn near Robstown.

In the meantime, officers are asking that everyone be aware of their surroundings to avoid becoming a victim.

Commander Adele Heidi Frese with the Corpus Christi Police Department says everyone should keep these questions in mind when they find themselves in a dangerous situation.

"Ask yourself honestly, am I prepared to deal with that, what would I do, what's my plan," Cmdr. Frese said.

Luckily, the victim who was parking her car at the Waterford Apartments got away and with her keys in hand. Commander Frese says she did the right thing.

"There's nothing wrong with running away, you don't have to get so close to the threat, that you're fighting for your life, you can run away if there's an opportunity to take off, bolt," she said.

For those who aren't so lucky, the best thing to do is focus on your surroundings if you know you'll be getting home late.

"Scan your surroundings so you're going left right left almost continuously," Cmdr. Frese added.

She says a lot of times, victims admit to police they were distracted when the crime happened.

"Offenders who have come out of prison often tell us that they were looking for someone that was preoccupied," she said.

Bottom line, be alert and don't be afraid to call 911, if you find yourself in a scary situation.

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