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Munhall carjacking vehicle found in Crawford County

| Thursday, March 7, 2013, 2:26 a.m.

The vehicle involved in a Munhall carjacking last month was located in Crawford County earlier this week.

A 2005 gray Chevy Equinox was discovered by state troopers abandoned on a railroad bed south of Burns Road in South Shenango Township on Monday at 1:30 p.m., according to a Pennsylvania State Police report.

“The vehicle is being taken to the crime lab for DNA and fingerprints,” Munhall police Chief Pat Campbell said. “We're going from there.”

The vehicle was stolen after a carjacking and robbery on Feb. 17 at approximately 6 a.m. at a gas station on the corner of Homestead-Duquesne Road and Duquesne Avenue in Munhall.

“She turned her car off and she didn't lock her car,” Campbell said. “The actor entered her car and got in the back seat. She re-entered her vehicle and didn't notice anyone was in there.”

He said the suspect, who emerged from the backseat as the woman was driving up Duquesne Avenue, put a gun to the back of her head and told her to continue driving.

Campbell said the man threatened to shoot the woman if she didn't follow his commands and told her to drive to an ATM machine along Homeville Road in West Mifflin. He said the woman was directed to withdraw $500 and then told to drive away. The woman was instructed to get out of the vehicle on Greensprings Avenue and the suspect drove away in her vehicle, Campbell said.

He said the woman was not injured.

Police do have surveillance video of the suspect wearing a dark jacket and a hooded sweatshirt over his head. The victim told police she tried not to look at the carjacker, but did notice he was white.

Anyone with any information on the carjacking or suspect should call Munhall police at 412-464-7300.

Stacy Lee is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-664-9161, ext. 1970, or slee@tribweb.com.

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