YouTube Video Shows Woman Being Carjacked at Gunpoint

By Jennifer Abbey

Jun 22, 2012 3:02pm

A shocking new YouTube video shows a woman getting carjacked Wednesday at gunpoint in an Atlanta gated community. It’s the third in a series of videos showing carjackings at the MillTown lofts complex.

Ron McNeely, an owner of one of the lofts, posted the  videos to YouTube. As a businessman who travels often, he installed security cameras so he could keep an eye on his home while he was away.  He hopes his videos will help the police catch suspects.

“I’m trying to get it out there so people can see them, and hopefully, someone knows them,” McNeely told ABCNews.com.

His first video, posted May 16, shows an attempted carjacking in the community on May 11. A second video, posted May 17, shows what McNeely believes are the same men returning and successfully stealing a car. The men don’t live in the complex, he said.

Although no arrests have been made, police are investigating if  the carjackings  are linked.

“It’s a possibility, but I can’t say that officially because we don’t know that to be true yet,” Sgt. Curtis Davenport of the Atlanta Police Department  told ABCNews.com.

The community sits in the middle of Cabbagetown and Reynoldstown near downtown Atlanta. Davenport says the area is considered safe. 

“We had those two carjackings, and it just so happened that both were posted to YouTube,” he said.

Former FBI agent and ABC News consultant Brad Garrett said that although the video didn’t reveal a clear facial identity, it could still help in catching the suspects.

“It goes to show how inexperienced and probably young they are,” Garrett said. “This does sort of have the flavor of juveniles who are just out to steal a car. So the video gives you all of that. How they are potentially going about this … what they look like and, in particular, their clothes.”

McNeely describes the area around the MillTown lofts as an “artsy, folksy fun neighborhood” with a mix of upper, middle and lower-income residents. He said the owners in MillTown are investing $25,000 in new security cameras and starting a neighborhood watch group in the hope of stoppping these carjackings.

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