Suspect sought in armed carjacking at Galleria and vehicle theft in Birmingham; 1 victim fired shots at him


Authorities are searching for a man who police say stole a woman’s car at Birmingham convenience store and then carjacked a woman at gunpoint at the Riverchase Galleria in Hoover.

It all began Thursday morning when a woman contacted Birmingham police to report her car had been stolen while she was inside a convenience store on Fourth Avenue in Birmingham, said Hoover police Lt. Keith Czeskleba. The victim’s phone was inside the vehicle and she was able to track its movements via a phone tracking app.

The woman contacted a family member who brought her another vehicle which enabled her to locate her car as it was entering Hoover. While calling 911, the victim pulled up beside her stolen vehicle while it was stopped in traffic in the 1500 block of Montgomery Highway. She confronted the suspect and fired two shots into the vehicle as he was pulling away.

The suspect fled the area and the victim went to Hoover City Hall to report the incident.

Just 13 minutes later – at 10:27 a.m. – police responded to the Riverchase Galleria on a report of a robbery that happened in the North Parking deck. A female shopper told police she was getting out of her vehicle when a black male with a handgun approached her.

The suspect demanded the keys to her SUV and she complied, Czeskleba said. The suspect fled the area in the second victim’s vehicle, which is described as a black 2013 Nissan Pathfinder with Alabama tag 1BC1345.

The original stolen vehicle from Birmingham was recovered in the J.C. Penney parking lot. Late Thursday afternoon, detectives learned that the Nissan Pathfinder was spotted in the Atlanta area but it has not yet been recovered.

The suspect is described as a black male, medium build, and between 5-feet, 5-inches tall to 5-feet, 9-inches tall. He was wearing a tan jacket with a grey hood.

Anyone with information is asked to call Det. Drew Mims at 205-739-7274. If you wish to remain anonymous and qualify for a cash reward, you are encouraged to call Crime Stoppers of Metro Alabama at 205-254-7777.