UPDATE: Shively police arrest suspect after armed robbery at Dixie Hwy. Thorntons
Police in Shively are asking for the public's help to identify a man wanted for robbing a man and stealing his truck.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Police in Shively have arrested a suspect wanted for robbing a man and stealing his truck.
28-year-old Jamie Hambree is now in custody, charged with robbery in the first degree and kidnapping.
According to a news release from Shively police, it happened around 6:15 a.m. Wednesday.
"The young man had stopped there, like most of us do, to make a few purchases and get some fuel for his vehicle," Sgt. Josh Myers said.
The victim told police he was pumping gas when a man approached and asked for a ride. When the man refused, the suspect allegedly pulled a knife and ordered the victim to finish pumping gas.
Police say the suspect then made the victim drive him south on Dixie Highway to the area near Upper Hunters Trace. That's when police say the suspect demanded the victim’s money and made the victim exit the vehicle.
The suspect then drove away with the victim's truck.
The truck, a 2000 black Ford Ranger, is still missing, as is the suspect.
But police have surveillance photos because they say the suspect went inside the gas station store before the carjacking and was standing behind the victim in line.
"To me, that almost comes across as a crime of desperation or a crime as opportunity," Myers said. "I don't know that he necessarily set out to do this."
Shively Police say carjackings seem to be on the rise, which is also what Louisville Metro Police officers are seeing. According to LMPD, 26 incidents were specifically reported as carjackings last year. So far this year, there have already been 39.
"They can become very dangerous," Myers said about the crime. "It's very fortunate that this victim did what we ask people to do, which is cooperate fully. That is probably ... why he was able to get away unharmed."
The missing truck has a Kentucky license tag: 678-GNM. The suspect, shown in the surveillance photos in this story, is described as a white male, between 6 feet and 6 feet 2 inches tall tall with a thin build and scruffy facial hair.
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