Armed carjacking scares, frustrates student

“A student was carjacked at gunpoint in a parking lot near the Polsky Building shortly after 1 a.m Friday morning. The University of Akron police report said student Abdiweli Hashi was forced at gunpoint to hand over the keys to his ’92 Honda Accord. I was just trying to walk around to downtown, Hashi said.”

A student was carjacked at gunpoint in a parking lot near the Polsky Building shortly after 1 a.m Friday morning.

The University of Akron police report said student Abdiweli Hashi was forced at gunpoint to hand over the keys to his ’92 Honda Accord.

I was just trying to walk around to downtown, Hashi said. I parked my car, and I was getting out of my car and two guys came and put a gun to my neck and they took my keys.

Hashi said he parked his car in a lot close to the Polsky Building but not in the university’s parking deck.

Immediately following the ordeal, Hashi said that he ran to nearby police officers.

There were police right there on Main Street, he said. I ran up to them and told them what happened.

An officer got in his car and drove off looking for those guys.

Hashi, 27, said he has never been the victim of a crime before.

I was really scared and frustrated these two guys took my car, he said. I’m just watching my back, I don’t want this to happen again.

He said the police did a good job responding to the incident, and gave him some hope for a positive outcome.

They (the police) said there was going to be a chance they were going to find my car, he said.

The university released a Special Edition Zipmail on Friday afternoon informing students of the incident, and reminding them to be careful near campus after dark.

Hashi also had some recommendations to help students be safe.

He said students should never be alone. They should watch their backs before they get out of their cars and watch around their cars as well. Most of all, he said just be careful.

The suspects are described as black males between 20 and 29 years of age. One is 5-foot-5 and weighing 170 lbs and the other is described as 6-foot-2 weighing 170 lbs. Both were wearing darkly colored hooded sweatshirts, the report said.