Woman carjacked while ordering at Montgomery drive-thru

Woman carjacked while ordering at Montgomery drive-thru
Gunman caught on surveillance. (Source: Central Alabama Crimestoppers)
Gunman caught on surveillance. (Source: Central Alabama Crimestoppers)
Another angle capturing the gunman. (Source: Central Alabama Crimestoppers)
Another angle capturing the gunman. (Source: Central Alabama Crimestoppers)
His accomplice did not have his face covered. (Source: Central Alabama Crimestoppers)
His accomplice did not have his face covered. (Source: Central Alabama Crimestoppers)
This suspect hopped in the driver's seat of the victim's stolen car. (Source: Central Alabama Crimestoppers)
This suspect hopped in the driver's seat of the victim's stolen car. (Source: Central Alabama Crimestoppers)

MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - A trip to a fast food restaurant took a dangerous turn when a woman was robbed of her car and belongings at a Montgomery drive-thru.

The carjacking was caught on surveillance cameras and officials call the suspects' actions in the footage alarming.

Now, the search is on for the duo behind the bold crime and police are turning to the public for help with identifying the suspects.

Central Alabama CrimeStoppers released the footage Friday, with a plea to help catch the robbers " before they strike again."

The victim, a Montgomery resident, was placing her order at a restaurant in the 800 block of Ann Street on Thursday around 9:20 p.m. and suddenly went from looking at the menu to having a gun pointed in her face.

A man wearing a bandana crept up behind her car and at gunpoint, forced her to get out of her vehicle and leave her purse and cell phone.

For her safety, we blurred the woman's face in the video, but her fear and shock were evident when she spotted the weapon. She got out of the car with her hands up.

The gunman's accomplice, who did not have his face covered, came around the back of the car and joined him on the driver's side. They hopped in and took off, leaving the victim stranded at the business.

CrimeStoppers Director Tony Garrett says footage of the two planning the robbery in the parking lot beforehand raises even more red flags.

"They're joking and laughing it up on the other side of the restaurant as they prepare to rob someone," Garrett said. "The one guy who doesn't have his face covered is laughing during the entire thing, almost as if he's pushing the other one or training him on what to do."

The victim's car was later found abandoned in the area of Ryan Street and Plum Street, a few blocks away from the restaurant. Some of her other belongings were found dumped in an alleyway.

Garrett suggested anyone going to a fast food restaurant at night consider driving through the parking lot first to see if anyone suspicious is hanging around outside.

But in this case, he says that precaution may not have sparked any concern by patrons or staff members.

"In this particular incident, this lady was doing everything she was supposed to do. This guy came from out of nowhere almost and came right up to her window," Garrett said. "These two individuals were there in the parking lot laughing and joking before they committed this robbery so if she would have driven around, it's a possibility she might have seen them laughing. But still, she would not have known what they were up to."

The suspects were described as being between the ages of 17-20.

If you can identify them or have any information on the armed robbery, you're asked to call Montgomery police or CrimeStoppers at 215-STOP. Your tip may lead to a cash reward.

"This person was actually buying food for their family. We need these two people apprehended immediately. These people are dangerous. They need to be taken off the streets before they hurt someone," Garrett added. "She had the gun pointed right in her face. The person could have been afraid and hit the gun and it could have gone off. Someone easily could have been injured in a situation like this, injured or killed."

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