ST. LOUIS (KPLR) – There are new concerns a pair of carjackers may be targeting women outside their homes in the Holly Hills neighborhood in South St. Louis.
FOX2 confirmed a second carjacking just 16 days after the first one, 3 blocks away from the first.
FOX2 spoke with both victims who said they were not injured physically but very shaken emotionally.
The first victim said she was still unable to sleep 3 weeks after the crime.
Police do have leads. Both cars have turned up.
Police recovered the car taken in the June 29th carjacking 2 days later.
A suspect crashed into another vehicle at Ashland and Marcus in North St. Louis injuring the other driver.
The suspect ran off, police said.
Two suspects pulled a gun on the victim, 60, and stole her car, as she was backing out of her garage into the alley behind her home in the 3900 block of Wilmington as she was leaving for work in the morning, police said.
Around 9:15 pm July 15th, there was another carjacking in the alley behind the 5800 block of Dewey. .
2 suspects pulled guns on the victim, 36, just after she got into her car. They ordered her out and stole her car, police said.
Her husband and two young children were right inside the house, with no idea of the terror she faced just beyond the back yard.
“It definitely makes me nervous having a little one, leaving my house in the morning,” said new mother, Jill Summary.
She and her husband Justin are building a family in Holly Hills with their 4-month-old son.
People are calling for a heightened police presence and wondering about how to protect themselves from a crime neither victim saw coming.
“I don’t think I’ll back my car out of my garage or open my garage door until I’m locked and in my car and then if there’s someone there just keep driving,” Jill Summary said.
“Generally I think it’s a safe neighborhood. The fact that it happened twice is a problem,” said Justin.
“Car break-ins here and there are one thing…but 2 armed carjackings in a matter of a couple of weeks is kind of a different story,” said long-time neighborhood resident Garret Roesch. “I’d love to see more police officers in the neighborhood but I’m sure every city neighborhood could say the same thing.”
Police found the second car, burned, in the 5500 hundred block of Tennessee, the day after it was stolen.
The suspects’ descriptions in both cases are similar: two African-American males, possibly teenagers, 5'-6" to 5'-8", about 120 pounds.
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