Tips to avoid being carjacked and what to do if it happens to you
A man armed with a shotgun attempted a carjacking early Sunday in Visalia, according to police. When that didn’t work, he allegedly began knocking on a nearby house still holding the gun.
A carjacking victim called police around 1:15 a.m. and said a man jumped out from behind a street light pole as he was stopped at the intersection of Giddings Street and Mary Avenue.
He was later identified by police as Paul Nichols, 32.
Nichols pointed a shotgun at the victim and demanded he exit the car, the victim told police. The victim was able to drive away to call 911.
As officers were en route, dispatch received another call about Nichols holding the gun and knocking on a nearby door.
Police found Nichols at the home and he was arrested on suspicion of attempted carjacking and brandishing a gun. He was booked into the Tulare County Pre-Trial Facility.
Police found the gun at the front door of the home and there were no injuries reported.