Amarillo Man Arrested for Attempted Carjacking

AMARILLO -- Late Thursday night, Amarillo Police were called out to an attempted carjacking at the Toot n Totum store at 2024 S. Washington.

The victim told police that she was putting gas into her car when 41-year-old Barry Don Baird that she had seen standing in front of the store approached her. 

Baird asked her for a ride, and she refused.  He walked away, and appeared to be asking other people on the lot for a ride.  Baird then approached her again and told her that he was going to take her car.  

The victim got into the car and tried close the door, but Baird pulled the door open before she could secure it.  

Baird pulled the victim out of the car. The victim kept control of the keys while being taken out of the vehicle.  

A witness saw the incident and pulled up beside the victims car.  The suspect tried to get into the vehicle the witness was driving, but could not open the locked door. 

The victim ran into the store and called the police.  

She saw the suspect take the gas nozzle out of her car and then get into the car.  He could not start the car because she still had the keys.  He got out of the vehicle and went toward Wolflin Avenue.  

Responding officers including an officer with a police canine started searching the area.  The canine team located Baird, who was hiding in some bushes in the 2000 block of S. Hughes, and took him into custody.  

Baird booked into the Potter County Detention Center on a charge of robbery. 

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