CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - Police are trying to identify an “extremely dangerous” man who carjacked a woman and tried to sexually assault her while she was using an ATM at a popular shopping center in Charlotte Friday.
The victim was using the ATM at the Park Road Shopping Center on the 1600 block of E. Woodlawn Road around 2 a.m. when a man used a weapon to force himself into her car, drove her to another spot, and tried to sexually assault her. Security cameras caught the man’s image, but his face is covered with a cap and mask.
The woman was able to escape after a struggle and the man drove away.
On Saturday, police say they found the woman’s stolen vehicle - a 2009 Hyundai Sonata - unoccupied.
Police said during a press conference on Monday they believe the man also robbed an Uber driver of her cell phone and car keys about an hour earlier. The driver - who was waiting on a fare at the time - was not injured.
The attacker is described as a black male, approximately 5’10”, and was last seen wearing jeans, a two-tone jacket (possibly gray and white), black and white shoes, black hat and a gray mask covering his nose and mouth.
“You think it’s a safe area, I’m very surprised,” shopper Tanisha Roberts said.
Friday night, the lot at Park Road Shopping Center packed with people shopping and dining.
“There’s usually not any issues in this area,” Janet White says.
“It’s a heavily trafficked area,” shopper Tibor Ban says. “Seems pretty secure to me. Holiday time though, I guess stuff like that happens. It’s alarming.”
White says her young daughter works at a business inside the shopping center.
“So, yeah that is a little disturbing,” she says.
It’ll mean extra caution for those out Friday, and in the days ahead.
“Walk with a friend to our cars, or just watching that no one is coming up behind me,” Roberts says.
“It’s a great place to shop, typically,” Ban says. “Maybe they need more security, I don’t know.”
Anyone with information is asked to immediately call Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600 or 911. A reward of up to $1,000 is being offered.