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Boy Attempts to Carjack Uniformed, Off Duty Officer

Boy Attempts to Carjack Uniformed, Off Duty Officer

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette via YellowBrix

December 15, 2009

A 14-year-old boy attempted to carjack an off-duty Pittsburgh police officer at gunpoint yesterday, but he was foiled when the officer, who was wearing her uniform, got out of her car and chased him down.

Officer Caytlin Wood was sitting in her own car yesterday afternoon, idling on Pearl Street in Bloomfield, when a group of five teenagers caught her attention, police said.

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She called for backup, but while she was on the phone, one of the teenagers, the 14-year-old boy, walked toward her car and said something to her. When she started to roll down her window, the teenager pointed a gun at her head and told her to get out of the car.

When Officer Wood opened her car door, the teenager ran away. She ran after him, catching him about one block away and retrieving the gun he had used.

All five teenagers in the group were arrested. Two were 14, one was 15, one was 16 and one was 17.

All of them were charged with robbery of a motor vehicle and criminal conspiracy.

The 14-year-old boy who pointed the gun at Officer Wood was also charged with illegal possession of a firearm, according to police.

Officer Wood had been preparing to leave for her 4 p.m. to midnight shift when she noticed the teenagers.

Police said she was in her uniform at the time, but her city police insignia was obscured by a sweatshirt she was wearing.

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    Slappy23

    over 4 years ago

    158 Comments

    Good Work!

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    ERIC4536

    over 4 years ago

    534 Comments

    The youngsters will have a great time telling all the friends about what a dumb pack they are.
    The parents will be angry they got snatched. they will of course press charges on the officer for running after the youngsters. I'll bet she used words that offended them.

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    southernbounty001

    over 4 years ago

    12 Comments

    great job officer.

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    slorydn1

    over 4 years ago

    278 Comments

    Great Job Officer Wood....I had a similar experience in 2005 when I was robbed at gunpoint doing my side job delivering pizzas. I may not be a deputy, just a little ole dispatcher, but they forgot to get my .357 and my radio...20 minutes later they were on the way to jail. I'm just glad the little punk didn't squeeze one off when he had the gun to her head

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    Anonymous

    over 4 years ago

    Poetic justice - thank GOD no one was seriously hurt; ...and hopefully those young boys will hear the wake-up call. No doubt, there are times when we come across juveniles, where I'd want to drive to their parents house and "put a knot on THEIR heads" !!!

    At the least, these kids have 1) parents that have no clue, and/or 2) have succumbed to what psychologists think is corrupt politics, makes for corrupt society, and/or 3) lack of spirituality, and good moral compass that USED to be in home and school... and is probably a combo of all three, and then some. Either way, this was almost unheard of when I was growing up in the later 50's and early 60's.

    What have we become as a society, THAT is the question we need to be asking. Society emulates, in large part, what happens in the District of Corrupt... No question, society responds to this type of immoral and criminal activities which affects society as a whole, resulting in major lawlessness. Most LEO's think about this, I would think.

    ...Think about it. If the boss of a business was corrupt and criminal, what do you think the majority of the employees would be doing ?? Stealing, lying, and cheating - it stands to reason.
    We need to dig to the CORE of these problems, from a morally and Constitutionally accepted preventive standpoint, not just enforcement. We, as a society, have lost our way !!

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    CBrittenum

    over 4 years ago

    20 Comments

    It seems like she did have her uniform on due to the fact that the kid ran once she got out the car. He had to notice that uniform for him to run away after she exited to vehicle.

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    gcoleman

    over 4 years ago

    2384 Comments

    Dangerous encounter, glad it worked out well!

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    sfaoldguy

    over 4 years ago

    6 Comments

    Glad to hear the kid didn't follow threw with his plans when his would-be victim turned out to be an officer. Since officer Wood is ok and the bad guys got caught, this is a hilarious story!!!

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    d1788216

    over 4 years ago

    102 Comments

    job security

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    ppd8875

    over 4 years ago

    390 Comments

    If the criminal element were smart, think how hard our jobs would be!!!!!! Thank you public school for turning out the future leaders of this country!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    lorene1701

    over 4 years ago

    156 Comments

    Excellent

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    radarcop

    over 4 years ago

    254 Comments

    Great Job! That's called being at the right palce at the right time! luckily it wasn't some older lady who could have had a heart attack when the gun was pointed at her. Nice job chasing him down and locking all the dirtbags up.

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    MIKE344

    over 4 years ago

    328 Comments

    GREAT JOB,GLAD NO ONE WAS HURT AND ALL OF THEM WERE TAKIN IN.

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    Hyco

    over 4 years ago

    50 Comments

    Thank GOD that the gun didn't go off and the punk ran. Good Job, glad they got all of them. Now they need to be sure the charges stick and they do time !!!

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    MarlyB

    over 4 years ago

    5048 Comments

    Great job, Officer Caytlin Woods and Pittsburgh Police Department! Pittsburgh, throw the book at 'em!

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