A Northeast Minneapolis woman was carjacked Friday night and the entire incident was captured on home-security video.
The incident occurred just before 8 p.m. on the 2600 block of Brighton Avenue Northeast in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
The woman can be seen exiting her vehicle in a residential area where she proceeds to remove items from the trunk as two males approach.
With her hands full of items, one male approaches the driver’s side of her vehicle while the other enters the vehicle on the passenger side, seemingly unnoticed by the victim.
The woman appears to confront the male at the driver’s door where a brief altercation takes place as the vehicle begins to move, apparently being driven by the suspect who entered the passenger side. The male on the driver’s side places his hand on the back of the woman before he is seen getting into the back passenger door of the vehicle.
Police dispatch audio from the incident originally indicated that it was reported as a carjacking at gunpoint, but once officers arrived, the victim told the officers that she didn’t actually see a gun. No suspect description was aired at the time of the dispatch.
In February, both the Minneapolis and St. Paul police departments issued warnings about an increase in carjackings. At the end of that month, the Minneapolis Police Department released figures showing that there had been 71 carjackings in the first two months of the year, a 209% increase over the same period in 2020.
The MPD’s crime data dashboard doesn’t provide a breakdown of the crime of carjacking specifically, but the dashboard numbers indicate an increase of 15% in robberies this year compared to the same time last year.
Minneapolis saw a record number of carjackings in 2020 with over 400 reported, an increase of 301% over the prior year.
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