SHOREWOOD -- Two attempted carjackings that happened blocks apart occurred within minutes of each other on Thursday, November 5th. The crimes have those living in Shorewood, and students on the UW-Milwaukee campus on high alert.
The two attempted carjackings both occurred shortly after 10:30 a.m. -- one in Shorewood and the other just blocks away near UWM's campus.
Some weren't surprised to learn of these crimes.
"It's really concerning," said Clayton Liebherr, who lives in Shorewood.
Police say a woman walking to her car just west of Oakland and Newton became the victim of an attempted carjacking Thursday morning.
"That really makes me a little bit uneasy," said Liebherr.
A man approached the woman from behind and demanded her keys.
Witnesses say the woman struggled with the suspect, who fled from the scene on foot southbound through an alley and into a black SUV. He got away with her key fob.
"Crime is increasing and it's kind of a growing concern for us people around here," said Liebherr.
Liebherr says he's not surprised by the recent crime. His car was recently broke into.
"Opened the door, and I just noticed everything was taken out of the console, out of every compartment in my car, like, thrown all over the place," said Liebherr.
"Unfortunately, it has become more common," said Courtney West, a UWM student.
So common, police say a similar attempted carjacking happened blocks away Thursday -- near UWM's campus.
Police say a suspect approached a 41-year-old man, implied he had a weapon, and ran away with several keys. The suspect took off in a black SUV that was waiting for him nearby.
"It's just unfortunate that even happened," said West.
They're crimes that have students and neighbors looking out and hoping things change so that they don't become the next victim.
"I'm not going to live in some sort of state of fear, but it's always in the back of my mind," said Liebherr.
The woman who had her key fob stolen describes the suspect as a male, black, 25-30 years of age, standing 6 feet tall, wearing blue jeans, and an orange hoodie with a green or gray jacket over the hoodie.
The suspect vehicle was described as a black SUV, unknown make or model, possibly with Illinois license plates. There two other occupants in the getaway vehicle were described as two black males.
Anyone with information about these cases is asked to call police.