Due to protests, Ferguson carjacking goes uninvestigated for several hours
By Daniel Fredman
FERGUSON, MO (KMOV.com) – Protests that led to unrest in Ferguson Thursday night kept authorities from responding to a carjacking happening less than a mile from demonstrators.
“As [the victims] were getting in the car, two armed men got in the car behind them and held them at gunpoint and demanded money,” said Chastity Ballard, a relative of the victims.
Witnesses say the suspects approached a 62-year-old woman and her 34-year-old son at the Walgreens on North Florissant around 9:00 p.m. Thursday night. They forced the victims to drive around for 30 minutes and, at one point, put a gun to the man’s head and threatened to kill him. The suspects then dropped the victims off in Spanish Lake, where a relative picked them up and took them home.
"They had threatened to come to the house so I called 911 and I was told there were 3 units on the way, no one ever showed up," Ballard said.
Not only did police not show up, they didn't begin investigating the incident until the family came to the police department Friday. Chief Tom Jackson said his department is working hard with other agencies to keep the city safe.
"We're doing everything we can and we're protecting the other citizens. We've got a lot of help out there right now from our neighbors - from other agencies - so we're keeping the community safe and doing our job."