LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - Police are looking for a white male suspect after following a woman to her car at The Outlets and stealing the vehicle.
According to the report, the woman was walking to her car in the south parking lot of the shopping center when she was approached by the man.
She told police that he appeared to have a gun in his hoodie pocket and told her to "drop them keys off your a**."
Lt. Michael Ford with the Little Rock Police Dept. said that by complying with the carjacker, the victim prevented a tense situation from escalating even further. "We would rather you give up the material things and get out of there unhurt and safe," Ford said. He suggested people remain generally aware of their surroundings.
“If you feel uncomfortable or feel someone is in your personal space then turn around,” he said. “Go make contact with security."
The woman gave him the keys and he stole the vehicle, driving towards the Love's Truck Stop nearby. Witnesses told police that they saw the man near the Nike store "watching women as they walked by."
They described the suspect as a skinny white male who was approximately 6 feet tall. He was wearing dirty blue jeans and a grey hoodie. The victim told police she thought the man was in his 50s while witnesses say he could've been younger.
With no sign of the car or suspect, detectives are relying on witnesses and they are hopeful the mall’s surveillance cameras hold additional clues.
"We know they have surveillance cameras,” Lt. Ford said. “We don't know if it was pointed in that direction, but we are trying."
A spokesperson for the mall declined an on-camera interview on its security procedures but released the following statement to THV11:
Outlets of Little Rock management and security teams work tirelessly to provide the highest level of security for our visitors. We cannot comment on our procedures but we are working closely with the Little Rock Police Department on this active investigation. Our ongoing goal is to make our center as safe as possible.
The stolen vehicle is described as a 2012, silver Chrysler 300 with Arkansas license plate 302TWY.
Little Rock police ask anyone with information on the case or location of the stolen vehicle to call 911.
If you have any information on this incident, you are asked to contact the Little Rock Police Department.