Maplewood Police are investigating carjackings and attempted carjackings that took place during the day on Sunday, according to KSDK.
Maplewood Detective Sergeant John LeClerc told KSDK the first attempted carjacking happened around 4:30 p.m. outside Urban Breath Yoga on Sutton.
A man asked a woman to use her phone then displayed a handgun and demanded her car keys. She went into the yoga studio and the suspect followed her inside, displaying the handgun to everyone in the studio. That’s when she handed over her keys. LeClerc said the suspect got in the woman’s car but didn’t drive off.
The suspect then allegedly demanded car keys from another woman on Sutton. She gave gave him her keys, but was apparently too frightened to tell him where her car was.
According to police, the suspect then ran into the backyard of a home on Hazel, then broke into a home and demanded keys. The homeowner gave him keys to a white van and the suspect took off.
Then, around 5:45 near the intersection of Gayola and Oakview, police told KSDK a different suspect approached a mother who was getting her two-year-old out of her SUV. The man pointed a handgun at the woman and demanded her purse and keys. The suspect took off in her vehicle.
Police believe the second suspect was working with another person in a getaway car. They’re looking for a blue sedan, but no license plate, make or model are available at this time.
Updated with suspect descriptions: Maplewood Police say the suspect regarding the Sutton Boulevard incidents is a Hispanic male in his twenties. The incident on Oakview is a black male in his late teens or early twenties.