Wednesday, January 09, 2002

Three carjack man near Carrollton

Nigerian native hit at McDonald's

By Sarah Buehrle
Enquirer Contributor

        CARROLLTON — Three people are suspected of being involved in a Monday carjacking of a Columbus man's vehicle from a McDonald's near Carrollton, according to Kentucky State Police.

        Nigerian native Okwudili Itanyi, 39, was driving from Columbus to Mississippi to visit relatives when he stopped at a McDonald's on Ky. 227 about 3:30 p.m.

        He told police that a car pulled in front of him and an armed black male identifying himself as a Drug Enforcement Administration officer got out and entered Mr. Itanyi's vehicle.

        Mr. Itanyi said he was told to follow the car in front of him, which held a second black male and one female.

        He drove north on Interstate 71 for several miles and the armed man told Mr. Itanyi to pull over, according to police. Mr. Itanyi's wallet was taken, he was left by the side of the road and the armed man drove the rental car north on I-71.

        Mr. Itanyi flagged down a passing motorist and received a ride to the Sparta-Warsaw exit, where he called police. His rental car was found at the Pit Stop Gas station at the Sparta-Warsaw exit.

        Some of Mr. Itanyi's personal items were missing from the car, according to Trooper David A. Stevenson of the Kentucky State Police.

        Trooper Stevenson said that Mr. Itanyi was not injured and that he was helping police gather information. Police hope someone will be able to identify the suspect through a composite photograph.

        Police describe the suspects' car as a greenish four-door compact. Anyone with information is asked to call (502) 532-6363.


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