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Police investigate Brooksville carjacking case

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Published:   |   Updated: May 7, 2013 at 05:44 PM

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Police said they are investigating a suspected carjacking that took place Wednesday night outside a mobile home park.

The car, a 1999 Pontiac Grand Prix, was found abandoned the following morning about 14 blocks away in south Brooksville, according to the Brooksville Police Department.

No arrests have been made.

Police said a man was unloading his mother's car around 9 p.m. at the Breezy Oaks Mobile Home Park at 712 W. Jefferson St., at which time a stranger approached him.

The stranger, described as a black male in his mid-20s, asked the man whether he was from the area, police said. The man didn't answer him and pulled out his cell phone to call 911. The suspect punched the man in the chest, got into the driver's seat while another black male got into the front passenger seat and pulled out of the parking lot, according to a media release.

The man's keys were in the ignition, police said.

The car was recovered around 10:35 a.m. Thursday at 969 Hale St. It was parked in the grass and unlocked, according to the release.

The owner of the car was contacted and she recovered it at the scene.

Police said the suspect who attacked the man in the parking lot was cleanly shaven, bald and wearing a button-down shirt.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Brooksville Police Department at (352) 540-3800 or Crime Stoppers toll free at (866) 990-TIPS.

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