INDIANAPOLIS (WXIN) – Indianapolis Police are looking for an armed car thief who attacked a woman outside an assisted living facility in broad daylight.
Fortunately, she was able to give them a clear clue to work with after the man took an accidental selfie of himself with his phone after walking away with it.
“I was just in shock, but I was really scared. Really, really scared, ”said Megan Whisler.
She was sitting in her 2005 Ford 500 around 10 a.m. Monday in the parking lot of the assisted living center while her mother was inside visiting a relative.
A few minutes later, a stranger with a firearm approached the driver’s side window.
“I couldn’t even form a thought. So I turned off my car and he said, “Scoot over. I think he wanted me to sit in the passenger seat. I don’t know if he was up to something more sinister or if he just wanted me not to do a scene and scream. But I didn’t want to go anywhere with him, ”Whisler said.
Instead, she got out of the car and gave him the keys.
“And he just snatched my phone out of my hand and got in my car.” And I literally watched it, ”she said.
The man then took off in his car.
Police located Whisler’s phone and found it about 15 minutes away. The suspect had thrown him into a neighborhood.
Whisler said once she got her phone back she realized the suspect left a clue about it.
“I looked and I thought, ‘Oh, my God’. This is the person, this is the person who literally robbed me today and took my car, ”she said.
The photo was on Whisler’s phone when she picked it up. She thinks her phone was making noise as she called him after the carjacking. She thinks the sound may have scared him, and when he grabbed the phone to investigate, he accidentally took a selfie.
Daniel Rosenberg, of Crime Stoppers, said car hijackings were on the rise in Indianapolis.
“We have to make sure that someone like this doesn’t wander our streets,” Rosenberg said.
Whisler doesn’t worry about his car or the belongings in it. She said she just wanted the carjacker to be stopped before he struck again.
“I consider myself very fortunate to have been able to make it out, and everything he took is replaceable,” she said. “Who can say that the next time he does that, it’s not the same result?” “
Investigators said it was too early to say whether the suspect was linked to other carjackings or other crimes in the area.
If you recognize the man in the photo or the car, call Crime Stoppers at 317-262-TIPS (8477.)