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Armed man carjacks Tucson mayor's Prius

A man with a pistol demanded the keys to Mayor Jonathan Rothschild's car Saturday morning, stealing the city-owned Toyota Prius outside the mayor's Midtown home.

The incident happened around 11 a.m. The carjacker and vehicle had not yet been located Saturday afternoon.

The mayor was not injured in the incident, authorities said.

The man, holding a gun, approached Rothschild as he was leaving his home near Tucson Boulevard and East 5th Street, demanding to know where Rothschild's car was. He then demanded the keys to the car after the mayor pointed out his vehicle.

Because the man had reportedly attempted to steal another vehicle just prior to the incident with Rothshchild, as well as having a "run-in" with a U.S. Postal Service employee earlier in the morning, authorities don't believe that the mayor was targeted.

The car was found abandoned near East 36th Street and South Forgeus Avenue later Saturday afternoon. Police surveilled the car for hours to see if anyone would return, to no avail.

The theft of the Prius isn't the first car-related trouble Rothschild has had as mayor. In 2012, he wrecked a city-owned Prius when he rear-ended a truck when he was distracted while reaching for a notebook while behind the wheel.

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Rothschild in 2015.