An armed man who targeted women at a Cobb County gas station carjacked one woman — but not before the victim threw her shoes at him.
There were several customers and children around when the man struck Sunday about 6 p.m. at a gas station on Jefferson Street in Austell, police told Channel 2 Action News. The station is across from the Austell police station.
“He could very well do this at any other gas station, any other parking lot,” Austell police Lt. Sharon Davis said.
The suspect was inside the gas station convenience store for several minutes, casing his victim, Davis said.
“As he approached her outside at her car, he said, ‘Ma’am, can I ask you something?’ That’s what got her attention and made her turn around toward him,” Davis said.
Police said he flashed a gun. Despite that, surveillance video showed that after the woman gave up her keys, she threw her shoes at the carjacker. Then she banged her hands on the trunk and attempted to open a passenger door.
The victim declined to speak on camera to Channel 2.
A few minutes before the carjacking, the suspect approached another woman at the same gas station, and police are hoping to speak with her.
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