MENOMONEE FALLS (WITI) -- The Menomonee Falls Police Department is investigating an attempted carjacking in the North Pointe Shopping Center that happened on Monday, April 13th. A mother's quick thinking may have saved her and her four-year-old daughter from a violent and dangerous situation.
Officials say just before 11:00 a.m., two suspects were in a car in the parking lot of the shopping center -- near the Jo Ann Fabric and Craft store. The passenger exited the vehicle and approached a parked vehicle with a 34-year-old woman and her four-year-old daughter inside. The victim, while in her car, saw the suspect armed with long-barreled gun approach the rear driver’s side of her car through a rear view mirror. The suspect attempted to order the victim out of her vehicle. Fearing for her safety and that of her daughter, she immediately placed her vehicle in drive and sped away to a safe location where she called 911.
"It`s kind of frightening because it`s kind of a small town atmosphere. Things like that never happen here," a Menomonee Falls resident said.
The suspect who approached the car is described as a black man, 20-23 years old, between 5'8" – 6'0" tall with a slender build. He was wearing a black hoodie pulled up and tied tight around his face and black jeans. Officials say the suspects were driving in a 1992-1999 Pontiac Bonneville four door champagne/tan-colored vehicle with mismatched wheels and rear deck spoiler. The driver was described as black male wearing a black hoodie.
Witnesses report the suspect vehicle had a Wisconsin registration plate with the first four characters being 534-X of a six character plate.
Nobody was hurt during this incident -- but it has many who frequent the area on edge.
"It seems to be a lot of crime all over the place," a Menomonee Falls resident said.
"Now going to start having to look over my shoulder. It's sad. When I parked today I said 'I`m going to park this way because if I have to get away I can.' People are going to be more on the lookout because you`re not as trusting anymore," Annette Andlar said.
If you have information that could help police in this case, you're urged to call 262-532-8702.