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Jul 7, 2016 6:47 PM

Would-be carjacker threatens man with HIV-infected needle in Manchester

MANCHESTER — Police are still searching for a man armed with a hypodermic needle "contaminated with HIV" who attempted to hijack a parked, occupied car on Auburn Street in Manchester Thursday morning.

The victim was sitting in his car outside of 263 Auburn St., waiting to meet someone when the suspect walked up alongside his car.

Police said the would-be carjacker then was reported to have entered the car and asked for a ride.

“He seemed out of place,” said Brian O'Keefe, a Manchester police lieutenant. “The individual didn’t think much of it. Moments later, he jumped into the passenger seat of his car, he asked him to vacate his car, which he refused.”

The victim exited the car himself, only to have the suspect follow him. The suspect then allegedly pulled a hypodermic needle out of his pocket, threatening to stab the driver with it if he didn’t give him a ride.

The victim told NH1 the man said the needle was contaminated with HIV. He also said he stayed calm as he threatened to call police and managed to make his way back to his car to do so.

The suspect fled on foot and, as of 7 p.m. Thursday, has not been located.

“We lost track of him,” O’Keefe said. “K-9 did a track and I believe it ended around the Valley Street cemetery.”

The suspect is described as a Caucasian male, approximately 6 feet tall and weighing 160 pounds. The victim said he has short brown hair and is unshaven and was wearing a dark long sleeve shirt, dark athletic shorts, and a light brown backpack.

Police say using a needle as a weapon is not common for the city.

“Not very often you see that,” O’Keefe said. “That is somewhat unusual.”

Still, O’Keefe added the threat was a very serious one.

“In the midst of the opioid epidemic we’re facing, a weapon is a weapon, and certainly a needle may not kill someone immediately, but if there is some sort of disease, that can have long term ramifications,” he added.

Anyone with information about the suspect is asked to contact the Manchester Police Department.

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