A Northwest D.C. neighborhood is on edge after the unthinkable happened in this community on the DC-Chevy Chase border. A woman was carjacked at gunpoint Wednesday and the suspect still on the loose.
“It was surreal, how terrifying it was," says the victim, who does not want to be identified.
She was confronted by a man in a ski mask as she stepped out of her car in the alley beside her home in the 3300 block of Runnymede Place.
"They pulled a gun and pointed it in my face and said, ‘Your purse and your keys.’ I was in such disbelief. I handed them over," the woman says.
As he drove away, he fires his weapon. And just like that -- no purse, no keys, no car.
"It was a two-week-old Honda CRV. Two weeks I've had the car,” she says.
Neighbors say there have been some car break-ins recently, with thieves smashing windows and grabbing what they can off the seats. They never expected an armed carjacking.
"There were break-ins up the street -- a month, month and a half ago, and the people were home. That's a little scary too," says neighbor Bill Birney.
Police have stepped up patrols and neighbors are banding together to fight back.
"I sent out an email to let all the neighbors know this happened, told them to lock their cars,” Joann Weiner says. “If they're in the back, lock the house, keep the lights on.”
Birney says neighbors are taking this violent crime very seriously.
"We're watching our neighbor's house. They're watching ours. Our community is watching out for each other," Birney says.
Police have recovered some of the items from the victim's stolen wallet. They were found in Takoma Park.
There are no sign of that brand new Honda CRV.
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