Carjackers with axe threaten woman shopping with young daughter
Written by on 3 October 2020
Carjackers carrying an axe threatened a woman shopping with her daughter before driving off in her BMW, police said.
The 35-year-old mother had just parked her car at Morrisons in Castle Bromwich, Solihull, when four masked men – one with an axe – demanded she gave them her keys.
They snatched her keys from her hand and pushed her to the ground at about 7.10pm on Friday.
Three of the men jumped in the car and drove off, hitting a kerb near the front of the shop before speeding out of the car park.
The fourth man sped off in a car the gang arrived in, believed to be a silver estate.
Returning to the car with a trolley, the woman’s 12-year-old daughter saw what happened.
Members of the public came to comfort the mother and daughter, who were left shaken but with no visible injuries, police said.
The men were described by witnesses as having dark skin, wearing black clothing with snood-type face coverings and had local accents.
DC Kerrie Galloway, from West Midlands Police Force CID, said: “This was a terrifying, intimidating attack by four men who could clearly see that the victim and her young daughter were alone.
“Not only did the victim’s daughter witness their car being stolen but she also had to see her mother being pushed to the floor with one of the offenders having an axe.
“I urge the members of the public who witnessed this incident and bravely came to the aid of the victims to contact us.”
Anybody with information about the car the suspects arrived in, their identity and any sighting of the woman’s stolen car should be reported to the police.
Any dashcam footage or recordings of the incident should also be sent to the police.
Contact West Midlands Police via their live chat function on their website, quoting 20SH/239043F/20, or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.