October 2, 1995 in City

Carjacking May Have Been Second Attempt By Thief

From Staff And Wire Reports

The man who punched a 64-year-old woman in a north Spokane parking lot Friday morning and stole her car may have tried to steal another car earlier, police said Sunday.

About 8:30 a.m. Friday, police were called to a home in the 1600 block of East Nebraska. A couple had seen someone rifling through their car’s glove box. They yelled at the man to get out of their car, parked in a carport, police spokesman Dick Cottam said.

The man yelled back that the car was his. He then got out of the car and threatened to kill the couple. The woman ran to call 911, and when she returned, her husband had several cuts on his face, Cottam said.

The man told police that the assailant demanded his wallet and keys. When the victim tried to escape, the attacker struck him in the face with a broom from the porch. The assailant then picked up a large rock and threatened to kill the injured man, but then dropped the rock and ran away.

The attacker was described as a black male in his 20s, about 5-foot-9 and 160 pounds, Cottam said.

About two hours later, a man stole a car from the parking lot behind Montgomery Ward in the Franklin Park Mall, police said.

That man hit the car’s owner, a 64-year-old woman, several times in the parking lot before she stumbled toward the mall. He then took off in her silver Chrysler New Yorker, which was found abandoned several hours later.

That assailant was described as black, in his early 20s, about 6 feet tall and 190 pounds. He wore dark clothes and had a thin mustache and short hair.

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