Lawyer and mayor of border town Tucson, Jonathan Rothschild, recently said as he saw immigration as much more an opportunity than a threat. But we’re left wondering if he’s eating his words, as his Toyota was stolen at gun point by a suspect described as a six foot tall black man.
Mayor Rothschild told police that he was walking towards his vehicle at 11am when a man approached him with his gun drawn. He demanded the keys to the car and fled in the vehicle after Rothschild handed them over.
The suspect had attempted to carjack another vehicle before approaching the mayor. In that instance, the carjacker got into a parked car at a home, but fled when one of the residents told him they were calling the police.
“The suspect fled on foot and a neighbor began chasing him,” wrote [police Sgt. Dugan]. The chase ended when the suspect pulled a gun and pointed it at the resident. A few minutes later, he happened upon Rothschild and took his vehicle at gunpoint.
This follows a petition to give Tucson the status of Sanctuary City, despite Rothschild making it clear the city is welcoming to immigrants. Just a few weeks prior to the incidence, he had reassured the migrant community the city would always be welcoming to them.
The car-jacking of Rothschild was just one of many crimes in Tuscon, which seems nearly twice as many robberies as the national average, thanks to its proximity to the border.
As of now, the suspect is still at large, but Rothschild car was found in the Central District of Tucson.