VIDEO: Two carjackings thwarted, hours apart, at upscale grocery stores in Edina and St. Louis Park

Carjackers were caught in the act and scared away during a daytime attack at a Lunds & Byerlys. Two hours later, there was another attempted carjacking at a different Lunds & Byerlys just 10 minutes away in Edina.

Police offered $5,000 for information that leads to the arrest of the two men seen on the right who are suspected of perpetrating a carjacking in Edina (not pictured) and may be connected to a carjacking caught on camera in St. Louis Park (left). (Twitter and YouTube screenshots)

A Fox 9 news crew was working on a report about a 73-year-old lady losing her purse to a robber in a St. Louis Park Lunds & Byerlys grocery store parking lot when they recorded an attempted carjacking.

Hours later, another attempted carjacking was thwarted at a different Lunds & Byerlys just a few miles away in Edina. These incidents are thought to be related, and the St. Louis Park Police Department believes the suspects were also involved in the robbery of the elderly woman and a Nov. 29 attempted carjacking.

Fox 9 says their reporters were able to record the carjacking, perpetrated by a young man wielding what appears to be a gun. He stopped when the news crew honked their own vehicle’s horn.

“In a video from our photographer’s GoPro, a suspect appears to have entered through the backseat and is seen swinging at the victim behind the driver’s wheel with an object that looked like a gun” the outlet says, describing the footage.

This map shows the locations of the two grocery stores where attempted carjackings took place. (Google Maps/screenshot)

Just two hours after this dramatic scene unfolded, police were called to another carjacking at an Edina Lunds & Byerlys just a few minutes away. During this incident, four young men attempted to take an occupied vehicle but were again thwarted by good Samaritans. Three people were injured in the process, one seriously. This individual was taken to a nearby hospital in stable condition.

There are unconfirmed reports that one of the good Samaritans involved in this incident wielded a gun of his own to scare away the criminals.

Police say the vehicle used by the suspects in the Edina incident was stolen from St. Louis Park.

“We share residents’ concern and frustration with the increase in these types of crimes in our community,” Edina Police Chief Todd Milburn said in a press release. His department and the St. Louis Park Police Department are offering a $5,000 reward for information that puts these men behind bars.


Kyle Hooten

Kyle Hooten is Managing Editor of Alpha News. His coverage of Minneapolis has been featured on television shows like Tucker Carlson Tonight and in print media outlets like the Wall Street Journal.