At Marlton Circle, A 2d Carjacking

Posted: August 06, 1997

EVESHAM — Two Marlton teenagers were forced to drive at gunpoint to Philadelphia on Monday during an early-morning carjacking, the second in a month at the Marlton traffic circle, police said. The teenagers were uninjured.

Jason Darigo, 18, and a 17-year-old passenger had stopped at a traffic signal at about 12:30 a.m. at the circle, where Routes 70 and 73 intersect, when a man with a handgun forced his way into the car, said Lt. Thomas Bresnen of the Evesham Township Police Department.

The man held Darigo and his passenger, whose name was not released, at gunpoint and ordered them to drive to the Kensington section of Philadelphia. There, Bresnen said, the man forced the pair out of the car, tried unsuccessfully to drive away, and then fled on foot.

The victims reported the matter to Philadelphia police at 3:55 a.m. Bresnen would not say what route they traveled to Philadelphia.

Evesham police said the carjacking, committed by a Latino male age 18 to 21, was unrelated to a similar incident that occurred at the Marlton circle last month. On July 11, Lori Gyauch, 29, of Toms River, was waiting at the traffic signal in front of Olga's Diner on Route 70 when two men, one white and one black, forced their way into her car. One was armed with a knife, police said.

The men fled when Gyauch nearly struck another car on Route 70 a short distance from the circle.

The victims in the most recent incident described the carjacker as wearing a gray flannel shirt.

Police have no suspects in either carjacking, the first in the township since a rash of such incidents occurred in Evesham in 1995.

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