A man who thought he was being pulled over for a traffic stop Saturday ended up on the side of an Overbrook road, his hands and feet bound, when the men he believed to be undercover officers turned out to be carjackers.
Shortly after midnight, the 50-year-old victim was driving his 2000 Jaguar along Lebanon Avenue near Lancaster Avenue when a black Crown Victoria or Grand Marquis pulled up behind him with a flashing blue light on the dashboard, police spokesman, Lt. Frank Vanore, said.
The victim pulled over and two men impersonating officers, one of whom was armed with a .357, pulled him out of his car and bound him at the wrist with handcuffs and at the ankles with flex cuffs, according to police.
They took money from himbefore one of the men jumped into the Jaguar and sped off, with the other following in the bogus undercover car. A passer-by came to the victim's aid, Vanore said.
The suspects were described as black males between 35 and 40 years of age. One was said to be around 200 pounds and dressed in Dickies-brand clothing, and the other was reported to be around 250 pounds wearing a Yankees baseball hat and Timberland boots. Vanore suggested that if you are pulled over and you're not sure of the vehicle, to call 9-1-1 and notify an operator of your location. He also said that people should be aware of their surroundings.
"We appreciate if you direct yourself to a well-lit area because our safety is in question, too," he said. *