Little Rock, Arkansas Carjacking Proves Deadly for Forest Abrams

Forrest Abrams and Tyler Hodges were at a gas station in Little Rock, Arkansas.  They were approached by three men at gunpoint.  They demanded a ride.  A little while later, Hodges was released.  The other carjacked victim, Forest Abrams fate was more deadly.  He was discovered the casualty of a gunshot wound, and pronounced dead.

The murder happened between 5:10 a.m. and 8:40 a.m, when Abrams red SUV was found abandoned.

Hodges told police that they drove to a house at 4th and Woodrow where they got out of the vehicle and stayed for a while. But a short time later, the three suspects left with Abrams.

Police are searching for three males believed to be African-Americans in their 30’s.  This is the 12th homicide this year in Little Rock.

Abrams’ girlfriend, Ashley Nicole, told 5NEWS, “Forrest has the biggest heart of anyone I’ve ever met.  It truly breaks my heart to think someone could do this to my Forrest.”

The United States Department of Justice estimates that in about half of all carjacking attempts, the attacker succeeds in stealing the victim’s car. It’s estimated that, between 1987 and 1992, about 35,000 carjacking attempts took place per year; and, between 1992 and 1996, about 49,000 attempts took place per year.  Many U.S. states, such as Louisiana and Arizona, include defending oneself against forcible entry of an occupied motor vehicle as part of their definition of justifiable homicide.

Techniques used by would-be carjackers vary from brute force, often with the aid of a handgun, to positioning of other vehicles placing the victim’s car in an inescapable position.

There is often a lead vehicle that will stop at an intersection, forcing a trailing vehicle to stop behind them.  A third vehicle will come behind and move into position against the bumper of the victim’s car.  The perpetrators will approach the driver’s side of the window, and either force the victim to exit the vehicle, or shove them into the passenger seat, driving off.

Police have been training citizens in tactics to avoid such and occurrence.  They advise motorists to leave a distance of approximately one car length between their vehicle and the one immediately in front of them, allowing an escape route.

Carjacking is a federal crime in the United States.  Statistics vary, but authorities believe as many as 50 to 70 thousand carjacking attempts occur each year in 2012.

James Turnage

Columnist-The Guardian Express

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