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Faking accident, bandit carjacks vehicle - which stalls

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An old scam is used to briefly steal a car near Mt. Scott Park

DAVID F. ASHTON - Police officers canvas the area near Mount Scott Park and Community Center in response to the report of a carjacking. A clever carjacker got away with a car, but he didn't get far – the car broke down near Mt. Scott Park, on Sunday morning, April 2.

The incident began just before 10:30 a.m., when a pedestrian flopped down on the street near a gray 2017 Toyota Corolla that was driving along S.E. 72nd Avenue near Reedway Street.

The "injured" man told the Toyota's driver that she'd hit him, and demanded to be taken to a hospital. "The man then instructed the driver to exit the vehicle while implying he possessed a weapon," related Portland Police Bureau spokesman Sgt. Chris Burley.

"The suspect attempted to drive off in the victim's vehicle, however, the vehicle broke down a short distance from where it was originally taken. He took off on foot, and was last seen in Mount Scott Park."

The victim wasn't hurt, and her non-running car was easy to find, Burley added. Police dogs weren't able to track down the suspect.

The carjacker is described as a white male, 5'7" to 5'9", 160 to 170 pounds, 26 -27 years old, with a "#" tattoo near his left eye. He was wearing a gray baseball cap, gray zip-up hooded sweatshirt, and light-colored blue jeans.

Anyone with information about the suspect or the carjacking should call the Portland Police Bureau Robbery Detail at 503/823-0412.