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ST. LOUIS (KPLR) – A St. Louis woman, 60, is recovering after being carjacked in her own garage.

It happened in the 3900 of Wilmington in the Holly Hills neighborhood of South St. Louis, just before 7:00 am as the victim was leaving home for work, police said. .

“They were laying (in wait) for her,” the victim’s brother, Jamie Sorrentino, said of the suspects.  “(She) opened up her garage door, started pulling the car out.  One guy jumped in on the other side.  The other guy pulled her, put the gun to her head, grabbed her purse.”

The suspects stole everything, including her car:  a 2006 black Ford Fusion.

The crime scene is next door to the rectory of St. Stephen Catholic Church.

“We thank god nothing happened bad.  She could be dead right now,” Sorrentino said.

The neighborhood was “on edge” as the news spread.

Another woman said the suspects flagged her down as she drove to work minutes earlier; they asked her for directions to Bates Street, saying they were lost.

The victim’s phone, purse, and keys were stolen along with her car.

Her checkbook was found in an alley off of Compton Avenue.

Sorrentino wondered why St. Louis Police did not alert of the public or at least the neighbors.

As a matter of policy, St. Louis Police rarely publicize armed robberies; particularly when no one is injured and there are no surveillance photos.

Neighbors said that was a mistake.  So did Sorrentino.

“I think it’s helpful because then you know.  I think you need more people watching out,” said Debbie Jones, who had her car stolen in the past.

“Somebody missed the boat today.  Somebody missed the boat big time.  I guarantee you – they’ll probably do another crime with my sister’s car,” Sorrentino said.  “That’s their M.O.:  steal a car, commit another crime.  Burn that car.  Do it all over again.  It’s a sad world we live in today.”

Police gave this description of the suspects:  2 African American teenage males, 5’6” – 5’-8” tall, 120 pounds, one suspect in a dark hooded sweatshirt.

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