A minivan stolen from a woman Wednesday was recovered Thursday in Cherokee County. (Credit: Channel 2 Action News)

Van recovered after violent carjacking in Alpharetta

A minivan taken at knife-point in Alpharetta was recovered Thursday in Cherokee County, officials said.

Police found the abandoned car, but not the driver, near the intersection of Arnold Mill and Mill Creek roads in Woodstock shortly before 4 p.m., according to Channel 2 Action News.

A man allegedly forced a woman from her van Wednesday when she stopped at a red light at the intersection of Rucker and Harris roads in Alpharetta.

Alpharetta police said the woman was stopped at a light when the attacker broke out her passenger-side window and climbed into her van.

The woman attempted to fight back by elbowing the attacker in the head, Alpharetta police spokesman Officer George Gordon said.

But when the man pulled out a knife, she ran to a nearby home and called 911.

“You can imagine how traumatized she was,” Gordon told Channel 2. “She lost her car. She lost her purse. It’s my understanding she had gifts in her vehicle for the holiday season.”

Gordon said the man believed to have carjacked the woman walked into a Walgreen’s pharmacy in Alpharetta on Wednesday night and attempted to rob it.

“This guy is very brazen,” he said. “We consider him to be very dangerous.”

Cops: Man busts window, carjacks woman at knife-point in Alpharetta 

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