Woman carjacked outside Lakeside Mall

By: Eric Czarnik | Sterling Heights Sentry | Published August 31, 2015

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A mall shopper walking to her car Aug. 27 reportedly had her vehicle seized from her at gunpoint, according to Sterling Heights police.

According to Sterling Heights Police Lt. Dave Smith, a 47-year-old Chesterfield Township woman was carrying some items while walking from Lakeside Mall to her car in the parking lot at around 9 p.m.

Smith said the woman noticed a male suspect following her, smoking a cigarette, and the suspect reportedly confronted her as she entered the car.

“(He) approached her, presented a weapon, pointed it at her and ordered her out of the car,” Smith said. “And then he stole the car and fled the scene.”

Smith said the weapon allegedly used during the incident was a handgun and the vehicle that was reportedly stolen was a black 2014 Chrysler 300. Smith said police recovered the car at Lakeside Village Apartments, in the vicinity of 19 Mile and Hayes roads, but no suspect has been found.

Police said the woman was not injured during the incident.

Smith described the suspect as a black man, approximately 40 years old, with a muscular build, and he was wearing a sleeveless shirt and jeans. The suspect also is described as having tattoos on his arms.

Although crime cannot always be prevented, Smith offered some safety tips that shoppers and residents may use to lessen their risk in such events.

He said people ideally should travel in pairs or groups rather than alone. Staying in well-lit areas may remove an element of surprise, and having hands free is better for self-defense purposes than carrying lots of cumbersome bags or objects.

“That can be a tip that somebody is not going to be able to defend themselves,” Smith said.

Anyone who has more information about this incident should call the Sterling Heights Police Department at (586) 446-2800.

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