PORTLAND, Ore. -- A Special Emergency Reaction Team (SERT) squad was called out to search for two armed carjackers in Northeast Portland Monday morning.

Police searched in the area surrounding Northeast Martin Luther King Boulevard and Beech Street.

The carjacking was at about 4:30 a.m. at Irvington School on Brazee Street, police said.

A man was sleeping in his car when approached by two African-American men, one of them tapping on the window with a handgun, police said. The victim walked to his nearby house in the 400 block of Tillamook Street and called police just before 5 a.m.

Police spotted the stolen car at a Chevron Station at King Boulevard and Fremont Street. They followed the car without lights or sirens but the occupants saw police and ditched the car at Beech and Mallory streets.

Police called off the search about 11 a.m. without the suspects being found.