RICHMOND HEIGHTS, Mo. (KMOV.com) - A St. Mary’s Hospital nurse was carjacked on the hospital’s parking lot Tuesday night, police said.
Authorities said the nurse was loading her work bags into the back seat of her car on the lot on Bellevue near Clayton when a suspect approached her and demanded her keys.
She complied and the suspect then drove away. The victim was not injured. The incident happened around 7:40 p.m.
Police describe the stolen car as a black Toyota Forerunner with a silver luggage rack and silver running boards. It has Missouri license plates with the number KG2-A1T.
Police describe the suspect as a black man believed to be about 30-years-old, wearing a grey hoodie, black jacket, black pants, a ski mask and white shoes.
St. Mary's later sent News 4 the following statement:
The safety and security of our patients, visitors and staff is always our top priority at SSM Health St. Mary’s Hospital. While the incident that occurred last night was very unfortunate, it’s giving us an opportunity to remind our staff of safety and precautionary measures they can take to protect themselves. For example:
- Encouraging employees to walk in pairs to their cars and to remain alert at all times.
- Requesting a security escort if they don’t feel safe.
- Reminding them of emergency call stations located on each floor in the garages.
- Asking them to call security or the police if they ever see anything suspicious.
- Having car keys in hand, ready to open their vehicle.
- Once in their vehicle, start the engine and proceed – do not check text or phone messages.