Surveillance Captures Person Of Interest In Hanover Carjacking

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HANOVER, Md. (WJZ) — Police need the public’s help to stop a dangerous carjacker who attacked a woman at the grocery store across from Arundel Mills Mall. The violent thief and the woman’s minivan are still missing.

Christie Ileto has the surveillance video that could help find them.

Anne Arundel County Police believe a man seen pacing in surveillance video could be connected to a brazen carjacking at a busy Safeway Thursday in Hanover. His target was a 55-year-old woman in broad daylight.

“She fortunately was able to get out of the vehicle. The suspect gained control of the vehicle and fled toward Ridge Road,” said Justin Mulcahy, Anne Arundel County Police.

Police say a male suspect approached the car door and demanded the 55-year-old’s keys before forcing his way inside and pulling into the backseat.

“There was a struggle of some sort in the vehicle. He ultimately gained control of the vehicle,” Mulcahy said.

“I think what surprises me is that it was in broad daylight. Everybody thinks that it happens at night,” a woman named Roberta said.

The Safeway sits across from Arundel Mills Mall, where police say in February a woman was carjacked in the mall parking lot.

Last week, detectives caught a man who robbed two people next door in the parking garage of Maryland Live! Casino.

Area patrons are now concerned for their safety.

“It does bring into question the safety issues and you wonder what is being done from a security standpoint,” one man said.

Police say Thursday’s suspect drove off with a tinted window Dodge Caravan that has a dent in the rear and Maryland tags 657M318. They are hoping witnesses can help identify the man before he strikes again.

The victim suffered minor injuries. She was treated at the scene.

If you recognize the person in the video, please contact police.

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