ENGLEWOOD, N.J. -- Neighboring police rushed to Englewood near the Teaneck border Thursday night after an armed carjacker bailed out of the vehicle and fled on foot, gun in hand, law enforcement sources told Daily Voice.
The owner of the Ford Explorer told police he'd just returned home with his wife, who went inside while he began unloading items from the vehicle near the intersection of Cleveland Street and West Palisade Avenue. just after 8 p.m., Capt. Timothy Torell told Daily Voice.
The 20-something bandit came up, put a gun to his head and demanded his wallet and keys, the victim said.
He struggled he said, and was pistol-whipped. The robber then took off with the SUV.
Within moments, Englewood Officer Jerel Hammond spotted the vehicle near the Bryant School, at Tryon Avenue and Teaneck Road, just over the Teaneck border, Torell said.
A short pursuit followed, after which the robber stopped at the intersection of Teaneck Road and Washington Place, jumped out with the gun in his hand and ran, he said.
Police established a perimeter and brought in a Bergen County Sheriff's K-9 unit, with no results, the captain said.
The victim was taken to the hospital with cuts and bruises, he said.
Detectives were reviewing video surveillance "from a number of sources," along with recovered evidence, Torell said.
Anyone with information that could help the investigation is asked to call Englewood CrimeStoppers: 1-844-466-6789. All calls will remain confidential and cash rewards are available, Torell said.