Pastor carjacked during morning crime spree; suspect at large

Suspect involved in 2 carjackings, 1 robbery, 1 attempted carjacking

By Mariah Medina - Digital Journalist

SAN ANTONIO - Police suspect one man is behind two carjackings, a robbery and an attempted carjacking that occurred over a 40 minute period Saturday morning.

Authorities said the crime spree started around 10 a.m. at a Holiday Inn Express & Suites on East Chavaneaux Road when the man stole a Buick SUV at gunpoint. Police said the carjacking victim was unloading his luggage at the hotel when a vehicle pulled up to his car and the suspect got out of the passenger's side of the car with a handgun, demanding the victim give him the car.

From there, police said the man robbed a Cricket Wireless store just across the highway on Roosevelt Avenue and 410.

The suspect then attempted to ditch the Buick for a new car and tried to steal another person's vehicle on Zarzamora Road and Brunswick Boulevard. The woman managed to get away and drove to SAPD's South substation to make a report.

After an unsuccessful carjacking, the man drove around until he stopped at the Cathedral of Faith at Stonewall and Packard and stole a pastor's Ford F-150.

The pastor told KSAT 12 that the suspect told him he needed the money because he had kids in the hospital. The pastor asked the suspect if he could snap a photo of the license plate of the truck because he didn't know it by memory -- that's when the suspect took the pastor's phone and truck and drove off.

Police are searching for the suspect who is described as a slender, black male in a light gray shirt who is between 6'3" and 6'5".

Authorities said those with information on the crimes should call the Robbery Task Force at 207-0300 or Crime Stoppers at 224-STOP.

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