By Joe Johnson
An Athens woman reported she was carjacked early Tuesday morning in her westside apartment complex.
According to an Athens-Clarke County police report, the 31-year-old victim said she was returning to her home at Cascades on the River on Sycamore Drive at about 12:40 a.m., when two males armed with handguns accosted her in the breezeway leading to her apartment.
The woman said one of the males had grabbed her from behind, and when she spun around the suspects appeared to be startled as they pointed guns at her head, according to the report.
The woman reportedly swatted one of the guns away from her, at which time the other suspect grabbed the keys to her SUV. She then ran into her apartment, shut the door, and heard her vehicle's alarm chirp as it was unlocked with the key fob.
The suspects then drove away in the woman’s Mercury Mountaineer that was valued at $3,000.
The woman described the armed robbers as young black males, one who wore a black shirt and black pants and had thicker than normal twists in his hair, the report noted, and the other wore a red hooded jacket that had black markings on the front.
The stolen SUV was a four-door hardtop that was white on top and had tan strips on the sides. The vehicle contained cleaning supplies for the woman’s business, and “a distinct logo” for the business was located on the right side of the tailgate. It displayed Georgia tag WRQ 8641.
The victim told police she believed the robbers might have been among a group of males who were in the breezeway of a neighboring building prior to the incident.