GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. -- Police are searching for an armed 17-year-old they believe is hiding out after carjacking a taxi driver.
Gwinnett County Police investigators say social media tips helped them name Christopher Bass as the suspect in a May 9 taxi carjacking.
Bass was captured by surveillance video inside the Shell Gas Station at Jimmy Carter Blvd. and Peachtree Industrial Blvd. Moments after that video, he got into a taxi. Police say Bass asked the driver to take him to an apartment complex on Preston Lake Drive. When they arrived, Bass allegedly pulled a gun, demanded money, and forced the driver out of the taxi.
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Ten days after the crime, Gwinnett County police said they confirmed tips that identified the carjacker as 17-year-old Christopher Bass.
There are warrants out for Bass on hijacking a motor vehicle, aggravated assault, and possession of a firearm during the commission of a theft of a motor vehicle.
"Thankfully no one was physically hurt during this carjacking. But, it’s extremely important that Bass is located and arrested as quickly as possible," a spokesperson for Gwinnett County Police said in the alert. "There is a strong possibility that he is still armed. We are still seeking tips directly or through Crime Stoppers as to where Bass is hiding."
You can reach Crime Stoppers at 404-577-TIPS (8477) or visit www.crimestoppersatlanta.org. You can also text your tip to “Crimes” (274637). Crime Stoppers tipsters can receive up to $2,000 for information leading to an arrest and indictment in this case. Tipsters should reference case number: 17-042333