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Carjack victim: "My life was flashing in front of my eyes"

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  • Buckhead carjacking victim Mark Hutto
  • Sketch of April 26th Pharr Road carjacking suspect
  • Atlanta Police Zone 2 commanders
    

ATLANTA -- In January it was business robberies, which were solved with an arrest.

Last month it was a series of kidnappings where victims were forced to withdraw money from ATM's, also solved with several arrests.

Now police in Atlanta's Zone 2 Precinct are trying to solve a recent rash of carjackings.

"Thought about my kids real quick, you know, my life was basically flashing in front of my eyes," Mark Hutto told 11 Alive News on Friday. 

Those were the kind of thoughts that went through his mind Wednesday night when he and his wife were carjacked at the intersection of West Wesley and Howell Mill Roads.

They were in their car at a red light when the car behind them nudged their bumper.

The suspect used an old technique called "bump and run".

They rear end you, then when you get out to see what happened, they rob you and take your car.

"The person on the driver's side of the car pulled out an automatic rifle, I believe it was a 9 mm, and basically pointed at my head and said, 'Give me everything you've got', " Hutto told us.

The robbers took their cell phones, wallets and car, leaving Hutto and his wife standing in the street.

 "You never know what the individuals are gonna do; they are armed with firearms, so we do take that seriously," said Zone 2 commander Maj. Van Hobbs.

Hobbs said they're putting extra patrols in the Buckhead area, especially at night after two other carjackings in the past week.

One was last Friday in the 300 block of Pharr Road and another Wednesday on Ellsworth Industrial Boulevard near Chattahoochee Avenue.

Last week police released a sketch of a light skinned black male with red-tipped dreadlocks from the Pharr Road case and are looking to see if all three might be connected.

"At this time we don't know if these three carjackings are related, but we are, we're looking at all possibilities. We're gonna work it as if they are 'til we find out that they're not related," Maj. Hobbs added.

He said Hutto's stolen vehicle has been recovered and is being checked for evidence, including fingerprints.

The other two vehicles have not yet been found.

Atlanta Police told 11Alive they're also checking with Dunwoody Police to see if a man arrested in a car theft crime near Perimeter Mall Friday afternoon might have any connection.

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