Two 15-year-old boys carjacked a 16-year-old girl and her 14-year-old sister in Golden Valley, Minn., earlier this week.
The carjackers approached the girl at a Speedway gas station near the Golden Valley country club. One of the boys presented a firearm and the duo drove off with the girl’s 2018 Lexus RX. Police located the vehicle in less than two hours, detaining four teens including the one who brandished a gun. A firearm presumed to be the one used in the theft was also recovered from the vehicle.
The second carjacker was later identified after he turned himself in. The boys, both white males from Buffalo and Eden Prairie, have since been charged with felony aggravated robbery.
This is not the first carjacking the Minneapolis suburb has seen in recent weeks. There have been four carjackings in Golden Valley since May 16.
“We’re never going to forget having a gun pointed at us,” a woman told local media after her jeep was recently carjacked outside her 19-year-old daughter’s apartment building. The vehicle was later recovered in Minnetonka.
In another incident, a man’s Audi was stolen from him in a busy parking lot at a golf course in broad daylight — proving that even upscale, well-lit locations are not safe from carjackers.
Meanwhile, police in suburbs around the Twin Cities have published tips on how to survive an attempted carjacking. Richfield, for example, put out the guide seen below, urging residents to keep their house keys and car keys on separate rings to prepare for the latter being stolen. The city’s police also say citizens should “invest in GPS tracking services” to “assist law enforcement if your vehicle is stolen.”