Carjacking with shots fired in Pott. County, Tuesday evening – 1arrested


August 14th, 2019 by Ric Hanson

The Pottawattamie County Sheriff’s Office reports a woman from Nebraska was arrested on robbery and other charges following a carjacking with shots fired, Tuesday, evening. 30-year old Justine Baker, of Omaha, was transported to the Douglas County, NE. jail and held on charges that include Robbery in the 1st degree, Eluding while participating in a felony, Intimidation with a Dangerous Weapon, Theft in the 2nd degree, and Theft in the 5th Degree – related to the theft of gasoline. An unidentified adult male also allegedly involved in the incident was being sought by law enforcement.

Authorities say at around 6:12-p.m., Tuesday, Pottawattamie County deputies were dispatched to the area of I-29 and I-680 near the Mormon Bridge for a carjacking with shots fired. The vehicle reported stolen was a white GMC pickup. The pickup was taken by a white male and white female. A deputy was in the area and located the vehicle southbound on I-29 near the 57-mile marker. The deputy observed the pickup at speeds in excess of 100 mph. The pickup continued southbound on I-29 and travelled into Omaha on I-480. The Omaha Police Department located the pickup near 13th Street and Cass Street. One adult female identified as Justine Baker, was detained. The adult male was not located.

The preliminary investigation indicates that Baker and the unidentified male drove off in a 1992 Chevy truck without pay for gas from the DeSoto Bend Mini Mart. One of the owners located the vehicle on 145th Street near I-680. The owner blocked the road with his pickup. The male driver rammed the truck that was blocking the road, before firing shots. The male and Baker got into the truck blocking the road and fled. The 1992 Chevy truck that was left at 145th Street and I-680 was a stolen vehicle from Saunders County, Nebraska. At this point, a deputy located the vehicle southbound on I-29 and it continued into Omaha, NE.

The investigation into the identity of the male is ongoing.