PALM SPRINGS, Calif. -

Police sought the public's help today in finding a man who stole a woman's car at gunpoint in Palm Springs.

A carjacking was reported about 7 p.m. Wednesday near Amado Road and North Palm Canyon Drive. A woman was in the driver's seat of her parked car in the 300 block of North Palm Canyon and another woman was in the backseat.

Two other friends were nearby. A man got into the car through the front passenger
door, brandished a gun and demanded that the two women get out, Palm Springs police Sgt. Mike Kovaleff said.

"Out of fear for their safety, the driver and passenger exited the vehicle. The suspect slid across to the driver's seat and drove away," Kovaleff said.

The women were not hurt, he said.

The vehicle was a maroon 2008 four-door Honda Accord, with a rear New Mexico license plate. The vehicle was last seen heading south on North Palm Canyon Drive, Kovaleff said.

The suspect was described as a black man, 30 to 40 years old, about 5 feet 8-to-5 feet 10 inches tall, 170-to-180 pounds, clean shaven, stocky build, with shoulder-length dreadlocks, wearing a bright yellow shirt and dark pants.

The suspect had a black, short rifle that was possibly semiautomatic and is considered armed and dangerous, Kovaleff said.

Anyone who sees a vehicle matching the description was asked to call 911. Anyone with information on the carjacking was asked to call the Palm Springs Police Department at (760) 323-8116 or Coachella Valley Crime Stoppers at (760) 341-7867.