LOWELL -- Police say they are seeking suspects in an attempted armed carjacking of a Department of Public Works sanding vehicle reported last week.
The Lowell Police Department released a report stating that a city employee said two men approached him March 13, about 2 a.m., while he was sanding on Smith Street, and one of them had a gun.
The employee, according to police, said he was at Osgood and Westford streets, when two men stopped him on Smith Street, parking their vehicle in front of the city sander. The employee said the men pulled up in a black 2001 Grand Prix Pontiac and parked in the roadway, half on the sidewalk, so he was forced to stop.
"Two guys jumped out wearing black masks over their faces. The driver had a handgun and both were yelling, 'Get out of the car. Get out of the car,' " according to the victim's statement. "At that point, I put the truck in reverse and both the driver and his passenger ran back to their car."
The employee, who has not been identified, said the two suspects then hopped into the Grand Prix, and left the area at what he reported as about 100 mph down Shaw Street toward the C. W. Morey Elementary School. The employee said the car then turned onto Harris Avenue.
The employee said the rear of the vehicle was so heavily damaged the bumper had nearly fallen off and was dragging on the ground.
Police responded to the scene and put out a "be on the lookout" signal to surrounding officers in hopes of locating the Grand Prix.
Another call came in Thursday night, according to a police sergeant, reporting a vehicle with a matching description driving erratically. The driver appeared to be intoxicated as well, according to the caller.
The carjacking report indicates police located the vehicle's owner later -- a woman living in Florida. She told police she lent the vehicle to her boyfriend while she was out of town. The brother of the woman, who has not been identified, spoke with officials and provided them with the boyfriend's name. The police report doesn't name the person as a suspect but says they found past reports indicating they had run-ins with the individual in 2010.
Police Capt. Kelly Richardson confirmed Tuesday morning this is an active case and police are looking into obtaining surveillance footage from the area to learn more.
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