Orange County deputies say carjacking suspect demanded keys, shot out truck’s window

Orange County sheriff’s deputies have called off the hunt for an armed man accused of an attempted carjacking Thursday near Hillsborough.

The Sheriff’s Office posted on Twitter at 12:21 p.m. that the attempted carjacking happened in a cul-de-sac near the intersection of Davis and Ode Turner roads, which is a rural neighborhood south of Hillsborough.

The suspect was described as a black man in his 20s, wearing a black and white shirt and white shorts. The Sheriff’s Office did not provide additional details such as the man’s estimated height or weight.

The call came in to 911 at 11:37 a.m., according to a news release. The man told investigators he was loading trash into his truck when the suspect came up and said “Give me the key to your truck.”

The man refused, and the suspect pulled out a small-caliber handgun and fired it, shattering the back window of the truck, the release stated.

No one was injured, Sheriff Charles Blackwood reported. The suspect fled on foot, according to the release.

A deputy using a dog tracked the suspect’s route but lost the scent about a half-mile away. The suspect is thought to have gotten a ride out of the area from an accomplice, the release stated. Deputies also used a drone to survey the area.

“This type of crime is always scary and always dangerous,” Blackwood said. “But this was in broad daylight, indicating a boldness on the part of the perpetrator that concerns us greatly. If you see something that looks out of place, trust your instincts and call 911.”

The investigation is continuing.

Anyone who saw a man matching the suspect’s description walking or running in the area, or getting into a car near Davis Road, can call Investigator Dylan Hendricks at 919-245-2051.

Tammy Grubb has written about Orange County’s politics, people and government since 2010. She is a UNC-Chapel Hill alumna and has lived and worked in the Triangle for over 25 years.