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Five sought in armed carjacking outside TGI Friday’s in Newark

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Police are searching for four men and one woman who are responsible for an armed carjacking and robbery in the parking lot of a Newark restaurant.

The incident happened around 7:30 p.m. Thursday outside the TGI Friday’s at 650 S. College Ave., according to Lt. Andrew Rubin, a spokesman for the Newark Police Department.

The two victims, both men, were sitting in their parked vehicle when they were approached by two of the assailants, at least one of whom was displaying a knife.

The assailants opened the driver’s and passenger’s doors and ordered both victims to get out of the vehicle. They robbed the victims of their personal property then drove away in the victims’ vehicle, Rubin said.

No one was injured.

The stolen vehicle, a white 2005 Chrysler 300 with Delaware license plate 527979, was last seen heading south on South College Avenue.

The assailants arrived in a silver early 2000s Hyundai Sonata driven by a woman and occupied by two other men.

The suspects were described only as four black men between 18 and 25 years old and a black woman in her late 20s.

Rubin said investigators don't know whether the victims were targeted or chosen at random.

"We encourage people to be vigilant of their surroundings," he said.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call Det. Daniel Bystricky at 302-366-7100, ext. 3136, or dbystricky@newark.de.us.

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