August 16, 2009
CONROE- An off-duty sergeant with the Texas Department of Public Safety was carjacked at gunpoint around 5 a.m. on Sunday at the intersection of FM 830 and Interstate 45 N.
DPS officials said the sergeant's green 4-door 2000 BMW, Texas license plate 525 XDD was taken, along with his satellite radio and a personal handgun which was in the car's trunk.
DPS Lt. Truett said the assailants bumped the rear of the BMW, prompting the sergeant to get out, at which time a male (possibly Hispanic) armed with a silver handgun demanded his wallet.
Fearing he would be in more danger if the bandit opened his wallet and discovered his DPS badge and ID, the sergeant ran into the woods where he called for help as the men took his car. He did not see their direction of travel.
It was thought to be southbound at one point early Sunday morning because of a possible sighting, but that was never confirmed, Truett said, so it could have been any direction.
The carjackers were driving a ligh t colored car believed to be an older model Chevy Impala. Because the headlights of the other vehicle were shining in his eyes, the sergeant could not get a good look at the gunman.
An attempt to locate both vehicles was broadcast to area law enforcement, but neither car was spotted by law enforcement as the carjackers fled. On Sunday afternoon, Truett said the vehicles' whereabouts remained unknown.
Anyone with information regarding this crime should contact the Texas Department of Public Safety at (936) 442-2831.