A woman was carjacked on Monday while she was picking up a pizza order in broad daylight.
The incident was caught on camera outside the Imo’s on 4th Street near Broadway Oyster Bar downtown.
The woman victim said she was pushed by a man who approached her from behind and demanded her keys. She said he told her not to look at him.
Matt Paton, the manager of the pizza shop, said he helped to calm the woman down after the scary incident.
“I thought she was going to have a heart attack. She was so scared. She couldn’t breathe. The only thing she could tell me was ‘car’ and pointing down the road,” Paton said.
He would like to see more patrols in the area, even on bikes, since they’re so close to the heart of downtown and just blocks from Busch Stadium.
“I think it’s crazy, as a Cardinals’ fan I’m always at the games, we’re that close to Busch Stadium, people get the sense of security that nothing could happen to them here and this old woman gets her car taken from her, keys wrestled out of her hands, just goes to show it can happen anywhere,” said Paton.
St. Louis Board of Alderman President Lewis Reed said he believes it needs to be a regional effort to stop violent crimes like carjackings.
“We’ve been in conversations with the new U.S. Attorney who’s committed to applying additional resources to the city of St. Louis to address issues of violent crime across the board and I think that will be helpful,” said Reed.
Reed also added the city’s new police and new public safety director are both passionate about addressing violent crime and getting those responsible off the streets.
Police say the victim's vehicle is a 2011 light blue Kia Rio.
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