CLEVELAND, Ohio (WOIO) - Police are looking for the suspect who carjacked a woman at gunpoint around noon on Thursday in Ohio City.
The victim, in her 70’s, says it happened her carport behind her Clinton Avenue home. She had just started her car when she heard a knock on the window. The young man opened the door and said, “I won’t shoot if you just get out of the car.”
He said that a second time, and the woman listened. He backed up in her maroon 2015 Nissan Versa, hitting her fence, and took off with her purse and cellphone in the car.
This isn’t the first time that woman was targeted. In January 2016, she was targeted in her neighborhood. It started with a 20-year-old stealing her bike. She later tracked him down in her car. She said, “I get out of the car and go to grab the bicycle and he jumped in the car and knocked into me and knocked me unconscious in the street and takes off.”
He didn’t make it far. He was later sentenced to eight years in prison. The victim’s neighbor, Alice Dickson, are hoping whoever targeted her this time, also pays the price. “I walk this neighborhood all the time, so I don’t want anybody coming up to me pulling a gun on me or telling me, “I need to give them my car or anything of that nature.”
The victim described the suspect as African-American between the ages of 18 and 25. She says the thief has done some shopping before she was able to call her bank.
Dickson said, “That was what he wanted to do and it just seems like a crime of opportunity and he took his opportunity and ran with it.”
If you think you recognize the car or the suspect, call Cleveland Police.