Gunman carjacks driver at Orlando International Airport, police say

Victim was only occupant of vehicle

ORLANDO, Fla. – A driver was carjacked early Monday by a gunman at Orlando International Airport, according to police.

Orlando police said that just after midnight Sunday a man wearing dark clothing approached the driver’s-side door of a vehicle that was curbside at the Frontier Airlines entrance.

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The victim was the only person in the vehicle and the gunman was able to get in the vehicle and drive away, the Orlando Police Department said.

Police said there was a 10-20 minute lapse before law enforcement was notified, but a be-on-the-lookout, or BOLO, was put in place to surrounding agencies once notified.

OPD Crime Center assisted in the investigation and area checks were conducted, but police said they have not located the suspected carjacker.

Marion Callahan, who was traveling home to Pennsylvania from Orlando said there was a visible police presence when she arrived at the airport.

“When we did arrive here, I did see a number of police cars, so there’s clearly, there’s some kind of response,” she said.

The airport later released a statement about the crime.

“A reported and rare carjacking incident took place curbside at Orlando International Airport earlier (Monday). No injuries were reported. The Orlando Police Department provides services to MCO by patrolling and enforcing traffic movement throughout airport property. MCO is working with OPD to ensure that safety remains a priority at the airport. Because this is an ongoing criminal investigation, it would not be appropriate for the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority to comment further,” the statement from the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority said.

Police did not say what type of vehicle was involved or what time the carjacking happened.

This is a developing story. Check back with News 6 for updates.

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