DULUTH — A Georgia mother jumped out of a moving car with her baby to escape a kidnapping after she was carjacked in a gas station parking lot.
The Gwinnett County Police Department is asking for the public’s help in identifying a the man who kidnapped the mother and her child. The incident was captured on video surveillance at the Exxon Gas Station at 1350 Boggs Road.
The victim called 911 and told police that she stopped and purchased fast food while on her way home on the night of August 18. After purchasing her food, she stopped at the gas station to park and eat. The victim can be seen on surveillance eating her food at the trunk area of her car while her one year old child is asleep inside.
While the victim was eating, a man can be seen walking up the roadway to the gas station on foot. The surveillance video shows that when he sees the victim, he changes direction and walks over to her.
According to the victim, the man reached for what the victim believed was a gun and punched her in the face multiple times. The man told the victim to get in the backseat of the car with her baby while he got in the driver’s seat. The vehicle can be seen on surveillance leaving the scene with two of the car doors wide open.
While the man was driving away with the victim and her baby, he demanded money from her. He also reportedly told her that he was going to choke her and kill her.
Fearing for her life, the victim grabbed her baby’s car seat with the child inside and jumped from the vehicle. As she jumped from the vehicle, the suspect kept driving.
The victim was treated for injuries sustained in the fall when police arrived. Her child was not hurt but the safety seat was damaged.
The victim’s car was located the following day abandoned in the city limits of Duluth.
The suspect in this case is described as a 35 to 40 year old black male. He appears to be about six feet tall and 200 pounds with a thin build. He was wearing blue shorts and a black shirt and he appears to have long hair. The victim had never met the suspect before and police say he appeared to target her randomly.
If anyone has any information to share in this case, contact detectives at 770-513-5300. To remain anonymous, tipsters should contact Crime Stoppers at 404-577-TIPS (8477) or visit www.stopcrimeATL.com. Crime Stoppers tipsters can receive a cash reward for information leading to an arrest and indictment in this case. The case number is 20-061554.