STAMFORD, Conn. — A quick-thinking Stamford police officer stopped a carjacking in progress when she spotted a woman crying in a car Monday afternoon on Long Ridge Road near the Merritt Parkway.
At 2:50 p.m. Monday, Officer Anna Edwards was traveling in the Stillwater Road/Long Ridge Road area when a silver vehicle pulled over on the southbound lane of Long Ridge Road. Upon closer inspection, Edwards saw a man attempting to get out of the car and a woman crying in the driver’s seat, police said.
The officer pulled up behind the car and stopped the man — identified as 26-year-old Christopher Evans — as he attempted to walk away, police said.
Edwards, with the help of Officer Felix Martinez, determined that this was an attempted carjacking — not a possible domestic dispute as they first thought, police said.
The victim — a 21-year-old woman — told the officers that she had been waiting in southbound traffic at Long Ridge Road and the Merritt Parkway on-ramp, police said.
She then saw a man, later identified as Evans, run across Long Ridge Road, where he was almost hit by a car, police said.
Evans banged on the hood of a car in the southbound lane, and then he put his hand on the hood of her car and ordered her to stop, police said.
After she stopped, he got in and ordered her to drive off, police said.
As they traveled south on Long Ridge Road, Evan told the victim that he was planning to take her car, police said.
She pulled over at Long Ridge and Stillwater and ordered him to get out, police said.
Evans then threatened her verbally and attempted to take her backpack from the car as he fled, police said.
That is when Edwards pulled up and put an end to the situation, police said.
Evans was arrested at the scene and transported to police headquarters, where he refused to answer any questions and failed to be mugged and printed. His hometown and age were not available.
He was charged with criminal attempt of a robbery of an occupied motor vehicle, first-degree criminal attempt at larceny, and sixth-degree criminal attempt at larceny. He was held on $50,000 bond.
Police praised the work of Officers Edwards and Martinez.
"By their quick actions and acute awareness, they were able to put an end to this possible dangerous situation," police said.