A man carjacked a vehicle in broad daylight this week and led Montclair police on a chase before escaping into Glen Ridge.
Around 10 a.m. on Monday, a woman had left her car running -- a 2009 maroon Infinity FX35 -- while she filled her tires with air at the the Exxon gas station, at 264 Bloomfield Ave, according to police reports. Suddenly, a man jumped into the driver’s seat and began to drive away, police said.
The woman reportedly tried to stop the man, but was only able to pull his hair. She ran after the car screaming as it sped away, according to reports.
A Montclair police officer in a patrol car was in the area, and saw the woman yelling and running after the Infinity. The officer attempted to block the Infinity from driving away with his patrol car, but the Infinity maneuvered around it.
The officer pursued the Infinity onto Lincoln Street until it escaped into Glen Ridge.
The woman’s purse was also in the car at the time of the carjacking. She reported losing several credit cards and personal documents.
The carjacker was described as a man with light brown skin in his late 20s or early 30s, with long dreadlocks, and a thin build.
Anyone with information about this incident should contact the Montclair Detective Department at (973) 509-4717.