Halesowen Car Jacking Leaves Driver Shaken

The damage to Jordan's red Ford Fiesta includes a smashed rear window.

A motorist was targeted in a terrifying car-jacking by an axe-wielding thug as he drove home from a Christmas shopping trip.

Jordan Doherty, 22, and a friend were returning from Merry Hill Shopping Centre when he stopped his Ford Fiesta to adjust music leads. Seconds later a car carrying two men screeched to a halt alongside them in Moat Drive, Halesowen.

One man jumped out and attacked their vehicle with the axe, hitting the driver window before smashing the rear passenger window. But Jordan, from Oldbury, was able to drive away and made the two-mile journey home and called police about the 4pm attack on Monday. He said:

“It was crazy! I pulled over because my music kept disconnecting so I wanted to check the lead and restart my phone. I parked up and seconds later this car skidded up beside me.

“For some reason I instinctively locked the door. Then my passenger said, ‘Oh s**t he’s got an axe in his hand

“He started trying to smash the driver’s window but my car has window deflectors that protected them. Then he came and smashed the rear window. It was really scary.”

The man with the axe was described as Asian, in his 30s, and was wearing a black hoody, blue jeans and black trainers. The vehicle involved is thought to be a black Renault Mégane. Jordan added:

“I’m still traumatised. I’ve been avoiding leaving the house - I reckon they wanted the car. It was such a blur, but I think I was lucky.

“I’ve been reading about stories of what has happened recently to other people and I was lucky to get away. These guys were willing to use violence to get what they wanted.”

Detectives are investigating a carjacking crime wave across Birmingham after yet another victim came forward yesterday and revealed he had fought off thugs who attacked his wife on their driveway.

Police are already hunting robbers who have escaped with five cars in the last two weeks - Audis, Mercedes or Volkswagen models.

Witnesses to any of the car-jackings are urged to call West Midlands Police on 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.


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