The University Police Department at Cal State Long Beach is looking for a man suspected of stealing a student’s car keys at gunpoint and driving away on Wednesday afternoon.
The department said on Twitter that at about 1:40 p.m., the suspect approached the victim outside his vehicle on the fourth floor of the parking structure next to the Pyramid and started a casual conversation with the victim for about 10 minutes. The victim did not know the suspect, Capt. John Brockie said.
“The suspect then spun the victim around and held a handgun to the victim’s neck, took the victim’s keys, took the victim’s vehicle, and left campus,” UPD said.
The stolen vehicle was a silver 2009 Lexus RX350, which is a midsize SUV. The victim was not injured, Brockie said.
The suspect is described as a white man with medium length brown hair in his 20s and about 5-feet-8 inches tall and 160 pounds. He had unkempt facial hair and wore a royal blue windbreaker jacket and had a backpack.
The brazen incident in the middle of the day surprised the police department.
“I talked to our longest-tenured officer on campus and he said he doesn’t remember ever having a carjacking on campus,” Brockie said.
The only other incident that comes close is an attempted carjacking at 9:30 p.m. on March 16, 2017, but it was in a different part of campus and the suspect did not have a weapon.
UPD asked if anyone believes they witnessed the incident, to call UPD detectives at 562-985-4101 or their anonymous tip line at 562-986-5131.
— CSULB Police Dept (@CSULBPolice) November 14, 2019
Editor’s note: This story has been updated with additional information on a previous attempted carjacking incident.
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