Police share sketch of man accused of attempted carjacking of 86-year-old woman

Police share sketch of man accused of attempted carjacking of 86-year-old woman

SHAKER HEIGHTS, OH (WOIO) - The Shaker Heights Police Department has released the sketch of a man accused of an attempted carjacking of an 86-year-old woman.

Police said the incident happened around 6:30 p.m. on Aug. 6 outside of the Heinen's grocery store on Chagrin Boulevard.

Elaine Turner told police the suspect had got into her car and tried to make her drive away with him. Police said she refused and the man left on foot.

Turner said she has been shopping at the grocery store for years, and said she's never been concerned about her safety.

"In broad daylight? You aren't thinking of anyone, any such thing," Turner said.

That has now changed. The victim said she was sitting in her car, waiting for her daughter when she said a man jumped into the backseat driver's side of her car.

"I said, is this someone trying to play a trick on me? He said drive the car," Turner said.

She said he cursed at her, but she refused to move.

"He just put his hand on my shoulder and next to my face. I can feel his fingers on my face, that was to keep me from looking back of course," Turner said.

That's when Elaine said God sent her an angel,  a woman jumped out of her car and was able to scare away the man. They worked with police to make a sketch.

"I'm grateful. I am eternally grateful," Turner said.

Neighbors said they don't understand how someone could target the elderly.

"Yes, it was devastating to hear in my neighborhood. I was scared for her," Taylor Forman said.

Turner is just grateful no one was hurt, and is thankful for her angel.

"I said, thank you God. You have sent a guardian angel," Turner said.

Police have not made an arrest in the case. Investigators describe the man as:

  • Light-skinned black male
  • Between the age of 18-21
  • Around 5-foot-6 and 5-foot-9
  • Weighs 125-140 pounds
  • Thin mustache
  • Wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt and brightly colored socks

Police said if you have any information about the suspect call 216-491-1234.

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