(Whitehaven) Police tackled a man they say stole a car and robbed several people.
Aliou Sy was arrested over the weekend after police said he carjacked a man, pulled a gun, and robbed several people at an apartment complex in Whitehaven.
It all started with a terrifying encounter for a driver on Millbranch Road.
Police say Sunday night, Sy carjacked another man at gunpoint, and that was just the beginning of his crime spree.
Police said Sy drove the carjacked vehicle to an apartment complex and robbed several people at gunpoint.
One resident, LA Flax, said the whole thing happened right in front of him.
“We were right here in this exact spot we’re in now. He was right there. We were looking at him. He was right there where that black car is now,” Flax said.
Police said after parking at the complex on E. Holmes, Sy pointed the gun at a man, took his wallet, phone, cash, and watch.
Next, they said he held a woman at gunpoint, demanding her necklace.
He tried to rob two more people, but one of the victims called 911 and police arrived just in time.
“He just ran over there across the street, and they had him on the ground and maced him or something,” Flax said.
Police said gun fell out of Sy’s pants when they tackled him, and they found marijuana outside the stolen vehicle.
Flax said, unfortunately, crimes like these happen all the time in his neighborhood, and there is only one way he knows to stay safe.
“Stay in the house,” he said. “Stay in the house. That’s all I can tell you. Stay in the house and avoid certain people.”
Sy faces multiple charges, including carjacking, aggravated robbery, possession of marijuana, and evading arrest.