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Father fends off carjacking attempt

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A Milford man claims he thwarted an attempted carjacking late Friday near Mary Washington Hospital, police said.

City police Capt. Rick Pennock said the reported incident occurred about 11:15 p.m. in the 500 block of Park Hill Drive. The victim said he was with his wife at the hospital emergency room when their 7-month-old daughter became restless.

He took the child out for a ride in an attempt to get her to go to sleep, Pennock said. He stopped the vehicle on Park Hill Drive behind the hospital to get the child’s pacifier, which she had dropped.

The victim told police that a man came from behind and got into the driver’s seat while saying, “I’m taking this car.” The victim said that he pulled the man out of the car, then pushed him out after the man tried again to get behind the wheel.

The would-be carjacker eventually ran off, according to the victim. No weapon was displayed.

The man was described as a white male with a stocky build, about 6 feet tall and between 180 and 200 pounds. He was wearing a long black shirt, black sweat pants, a red bandana and had a mohawk-style haircut with color on the tips.

Anyone with information is asked to call city police at 540/373-3122.

Keith Epps: 540/374-5404