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Tampa man turns tables on carjacker

TAMPA — A man whose car was stolen at gunpoint chased down the carjacker early this morning, authorities said.

Alphonso Coston, 32, left his vehicle running when he went to talk to his girlfriend in the 1300 block of W Chestnut Street last night about 2 a.m., police said. Coston then saw a teenager, identified by police as 17-year-old Matthew A. Rosario-Duran, trying to get into his car.

Police said Coston started fighting with Rosario-Duran, who pulled a gun. Someone hit Coston in the back, allowing Rosario-Duran to take the car, police said. The unknown assailant ran away.

Coston followed the suspect in his girlfriend's car and called 911. The thief eventually lost control of the vehicle and crashed.

Police arrested Rosario-Duran after a foot chase. He was charged with armed carjacking, fleeing to elude arrest, resisting arrest, hit-and-run and having no valid driver's license.

Tampa man turns tables on carjacker 06/18/09 [Last modified: Thursday, June 18, 2009 3:32pm]
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