MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Two women are unharmed and alive after narrowly escaping two separate carjackings at gunpoint. In both cases, the women said their attacker was intending to rape them.
The two incidents happened just 30 minutes apart Sunday evening, first in North St. Paul and later in Maplewood.
The first woman describes a few minutes that seemed more like an eternity of terror. It was around 7:30 p.m. when she was leaving the Polar Ice Arena in North St. Paul. The 24-year-old woman had just finished playing a hockey game when she stepped into her car to leave.
That’s when a man, dressed completely in black, jumped into her car’s passenger seat. He pointed a black pistol at her and told her to drive a few blocks away.
According to the woman, “He said, ‘we’re going to go to a parking lot and we’re going to have sex.’ That’s when I broke down and I said, ‘no, no, you’re not going to do that to me.'”
She was able to quickly reach for the door handle and jumped from the parked car. As she ran towards an apartment building, screaming for help, the would-be rapist sped away in her vehicle. It was found late Monday morning, ditched just a block away.
“He told her to turn off the vehicle. However the lights are still on and of course she is very scared and shaken, and she’s having trouble with the lights. That’s her opportunity to get away from this guy, so she opens up the door and runs away,” North St. Paul’s Capt. Dustin Nikituk said.