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Carjacking suspect flees, drops handgun, as victim pursues him with a baseball bat

According to police, a 41-year-old male victim was inside of his vehicle waiting to exit the parking lot of the McDonald’s when the suspect approached the drivers side.

CLAYMONT (DE) BY DIGITAL STAFF: The tables turned for a carjacking suspect as the victim retrieved a bat from his trunk and went after the suspect who dropped a handgun he had as he fled the scene, police said.

Delaware State Police say troopers were called to the McDonalds in the 2700 block of Philadelphia Pike in Claymont Wednesday just before 12 Noon for a reported carjacking.

According to police, a 41-year-old male victim was inside of his vehicle waiting to exit the parking lot of the McDonald’s. As the victim attempted to turn onto Philadelphia Pike an unknown male suspect approached the victim’s driver side window and displayed a handgun towards the victim.

Police say the suspect then ordered the victim out of the vehicle at gun point and that’s when things started going bad for the suspect.

“As the suspect entered the vehicle, the victim was able to retrieve a bat from his trunk and immediately swung it towards the suspect.,” Said police spokesman Jason Hatchell. “The suspect fled out of the passenger side of the vehicle and ran northbound on Philadelphia Pike.

While the suspect fled the scene on foot, he dropped the handgun on the ground., Hatchell added.

Troopers responded to the scene and recovered the handgun.

The suspect was described as a black male approximately 16-17 years of age, 5’7”-5’8” tall, 120-130 lbs., wearing all dark clothing. There are no surveillance images available at this time.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact Det. Kirchenbauer of Troop 2 Criminal Investigative Unit by calling 302-365-8525. Information may also be provided by calling Delaware crime stoppers at 1-800-TIP-3333 or via the internet at http://www.delaware.crimestoppersweb.com

If you or someone you know is a victim or witness of crime or have lost a loved one to a sudden death and are in need of assistance, the Delaware State Police Victim Services Unit/Delaware Victim Center is available to offer you support and resources 24 hours a day through a toll-free hotline 1800 VICTIM-1. (1800 842-8461).  You may also email the unit Director at debra.reed@state.de.us.

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