Police report attempted carjacking

Maplewood Police released a press release Tuesday regarding an attempted carjacking of a Walmart employee.

Maplewood police detectives are investigating an attempted carjacking that occurred at 1900 Maplewood Commons Shopping Center shortly after midnight on December 22, 2019.

The female victim just ended her work shift at the Walmart department store and was walking to her car on the parking lot when three male suspects approached her from behind on foot. One of the suspects punched the victim in the head knocking her to the ground. The other two suspects began punching and kicking the victim while attempting to grab the keys to her vehicle, which was parked nearby. The victim began yelling for help and one of the suspects covered her mouth telling her to be quiet.

The victim struggled to maintain control of her car keys and activated the vehicle’s panic alarm on her key fob, which caused the suspects to flee on foot.

The victim sustained minor injuries during the robbery attempt and paramedics treated her at the scene.

The Maplewood Police Department cautions residents to be aware of their surroundings when shopping or visiting restaurants and nightspots during this busy holiday season.

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