Man says he was carjacked after stopping for flashing blue lights

The victim said the men had blue lights in their car and pulled him over, eventually taking his car.

NEW ORLEANS - Most people probably do what the victim in Tuesday morning's carjacking did when he saw flashing lights behind him - pull over.

Early Tuesday, near the corner of Press and Prentiss in the Pontchartrain Park subdivision of New Orleans, police said a 2015 Dodge Charger with flashing blue lights pulled behind the victim's vehicle. When he pulled over, two men approached the car.

One suspect was said to be about six feet tall and wearing brown camouflage fatigues, black combat boots and a black paintball mask. The other was wearing black fatigues, boots and a paintball mask. 

The victim was forced from his silver 2010 Acura before being able to flee.

Lamont Mathiu said if he spots flashing blue lights he prepares to pull over and get out the information that an officer would request.

He said he was almost the victim of a similar incident recently when he and his wife were driving.

"She was about to make a turn and there was a car that got behind us and flashed the blue lights," he recalled. 

Mathiu told his wife not to stop, because it didn't feel safe.

"I remember back in the 90s, some guys were robbing people with blue lights."

Normally officers have to go to a supply store to get the types of blue lights for an unmarked unit.

At Barney's Police Supply in Metairie, they say they can only sell to commissioned law enforcement agencies or personnel. If they want to sell to an individual, that person needs to provide a letter from the executive of an agency authorizing the transaction to that specific person.

These days, criminals can just bypass that route and go straight online. 

Police say the car that was stolen was a silver, 2010 Acura with the license plate ZFX767. Anyone with information should call Crimestoppers at 822-1111. 





 


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