MILWAUKEE -- A carjacking was caught on camera in Milwaukee on Wednesday, December 9th. The victim -- a mail carrier, who was terrified when she realized the gunman was going to take her vehicle. It was all captured via surveillance cameras. The suspect got away with the vehicle, and the mail inside.
This carjacking happened while the mail carrier was on her route.
Now, Milwaukee police and U.S. postal inspectors are investigating.
"We get it in every day usually around 12:00 p.m.," Faries Jaraba, Full House Grocery manager said.
And the mail usually arrived around the same time, but on Wednesday, something was different.
"No mail today," Jaraba said.
Near 57th and Burleigh, surveillance cameras outside an auto shop captured the carjacking in progress.
It happened around 12:15 p.m.
The video shows a mail carrier getting into her van when a suspect runs up to her, opens the passenger side door, and forces the mail carrier out of her vehicle.
"Thank God she got out safe, you know?" Jabara said.
The suspect took off in the van -- headed eastbound on Burleigh as the victim found some help.
"She was uninjured, but she`s definitely shaken up," Francis Pilon with the U.S. Postal Inspection Service said.
Investigators continue to look for the suspect, the van and the mail inside.
"I`ve worked with the Postal Inspection Service for approximately 10 years and it does not happen. It`s a very infrequent occurrence -- especially for a vehicle to be carjacked like this," Pilon said.
"They`ll catch him. They`ll get him," Jabara said.
Postal inspectors ask that the public be on the lookout for this mail van:
There is a very specific vehicle number posted on it. That number is: 7221685.
Anyone with information that could help in this case is asked to call police.