Car theft suspect takes selfie on victim’s phone

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INDIANAPOLIS – Indianapolis Police are looking for an armed car thief who they say attacked a woman outside an assisted living facility in broad daylight in the Southeast.

Fortunately, police say the woman was able to give them a clear clue to work with.

“I was just in shock, but I was really scared. Really, really scared, ”said Megan Whisler.

She was sitting in her 2005 Ford Five Hundred Monday morning around 10 a.m. in the parking lot of an assisted living facility while her mother was inside visiting a relative.

A few minutes later, a stranger with a firearm approached the driver’s side window.

“I couldn’t even form a thought. So I turned off my car and he said, “Scoot over. I think he wanted me to sit in the passenger seat. I don’t know if he was up to something more sinister or if he just wanted me not to do a scene and scream. But I didn’t want to go anywhere with him, ”Whisler said.

Image of the hijacked vehicle of the victim captured by a surveillance camera

Instead, she got out of the car and gave him the keys.

“And he just snatched my phone out of my hand and got in my car.” And I literally watched it.

The man then took off in his car.

When police investigated Whisler’s phone was located and found him about 15 minutes away. The suspect threw him in a neighborhood.

However, Whisler says that once she got her phone back, she realized the suspect left a big clue about it.

“I looked and I thought, ‘Oh, my God’. This is the person, this is the person who literally robbed me today and took my car.

Photo of carjacking suspect, courtesy of Megan Whisler

The photo above was on Whisler’s phone when she picked it up. She thinks her phone was making noise as she called him after the carjacking. She thinks the sound might have scared him, and when he grabbed the phone to throw it away, he accidentally took a selfie.

Daniel Rosenberg is with Crime Stoppers. He knows car hijackings are on the rise in Indianapolis.

“We have to make sure that someone like this doesn’t wander our streets,” Rosenberg said.

Whisler doesn’t worry about his car or the belongings in it. She says she just wants the carjacker stopped before he strikes again.

“I consider myself very fortunate to have survived my life and whatever he took is replaceable,” she said. “Who can say that the next time he does that, it’s not the same result?” “

Investigators say it’s too early to tell if the suspect is linked to other carjackings or other crimes in the area.

If you recognize the man in the photo or the car, call Crime Stoppers at 317-262-TIPS (8477.)

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