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.
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.
A $5,000 reward is being offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the teenagers involved in an attempted carjacking in Edina Thursday, Dec. 9. https://t.co/jtn0CaqgFa pic.twitter.com/MGHhvcNUgd
— Edina Police Dept (@EdinaPolice) December 10, 2021