Birmingham, Alabama, police have announced the arrest of five men accused of involvement in three separate carjackings in the city.
The first incident occurred Jan. 5 and the second a day later, according to Al.com.
Terrell Banks, 18, was taken into custody by police and charged with first degree robbery. He is accused of robbing a victim at gunpoint Jan. 5, making off with a Chevrolet sedan and a cellphone.
Tyrese Sanders, 20, Robert Prowell, 18, and Damondre Miller, 18, were accused of participating in the Jan. 6 incident, when guns were also used. The three allegedly stole a Ford SUV and a cellphone.
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Earlier that day, Prowell and Miller were allegedly involved in an attempted carjacking, for which 17-year-old Ashton Hill was also arrested Jan. 12, WBRC notes. Hill was brought to the police station by his mother.
Banks and Sanders were released Jan. 11 on bonds of $20,000, while Prowell and Miller remained in custody as of Jan 12, according to AL.com.
The announcement came just a day after a woman spoke out about the ordeal she went through during another carjacking in the city Jan. 7.
She explained that the incident occurred as she was returning home to her apartment.
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“My heart just stopped," the anonymous victim told WBMA. "You don't know what he wants. You wonder Is he about to drag me into the car, is he going for just the purse or car. I had no idea."
She said the attackers held a gun to her head and demanded the keys to her vehicle.
“It was important to me to let others in the area know this was going on," she added. "It was not the middle of the night. I was not coming home from downtown. I had just come home from a normal work day."
Her experience has left her frightened to go back to her apartment.
“I can't imagine even going back there," she said. "Day time, night time, I think of all of the times I came home by myself in the dark. It would have been even worse. I just can't look at that parking lot."
The woman said that two men were involved in the carjacking. Police have yet to make any arrests in this case.