JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- An observant neighbor and a police officer in the right place at the right time resulted in the arrest on Tuesday of a suspected carjacker who preyed upon a man with his child.
The victim, whose name has not been released by the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office, was driving to the 1500 block off 11th Street West to pick up his child, according to a Jacksonville Sheriff's Office Facebook post.
As he was leaving the residence carrying his child and a car seat, the victim was allegedly approached by 23 year old Ali Perkins. The JSO post reports that Perkins had the hood of his sweatshirt pulled up over his head and was pointing a gun at the victim while using expletives in demands to give up his belongings.
The victim pulled his keys and wallet from his pocket, throwing them to the ground before running away.
A witness claims to have seen this exchange through the bedroom window of her home and told police that she heard the victim yell "Don't hurt my baby!". The JSO post reports that the witness saw the suspect driving away in the victim's car.
The witness was able to flag down JSO Officer Faulkner who coincidentally was patrolling the area at the time. Taking direction from multiple neighbors, according to the report, Officer Faulkner was able to persue Perkins by vehicle. The persuit became a foot chase involving multiple officers, who arrived as back up, after the suspect crashed the victim's vehicle.
Officers were able to apprehend Perkins, and during a canvass of the area located was is suspected to be the suspect's gun behind a garage. Further investigation by the JSO revealed that this same gun was stolen in 2008 during a residential burglary, according to the report.
Ali Perkins was arrested for Armed Carjacking and Possession of a Weapon by a Convicted Felon. The report did not detail the terms of his previous convictions.
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