Three young women were unloading their car in Maplewood after returning from vacation Sunday evening when they were carjacked at gunpoint.
The incident happened in the 7200 block of Southwest Avenue, just off Manchester Road, around 11:30 p.m., as originally reported by KMOV
. Two of the three assailants were armed; one with a handgun and one with a shotgun, according to police.
The men demanded that the women, all in their twenties, hand over their car. One of the women fought back. Megan Andersen, a neighbor who arrived home shortly after the carjacking, told KMOV
that the man with the shotgun then punched one of the victims in the face.
The victim was able to wrest the shotgun away from the man before the suspects took off in the car, which Andersen said belonged to the victim's mother. Police say the car is a black 2011 Hyundai Elantra. The woman had cuts and scrapes due to the incident.
KMOV reports that police left the scene with an evidence box that looked to be carrying the shotgun. The suspects also left behind a stolen car, which they'd apparently used to drive to the scene.
This carjacking is not the first this summer in Maplewood
. In June, a man tried to carjack a woman outside Urban Breath Yoga, on Sutton Boulevard. He then followed her into the yoga studio and brandished his gun there, although he ultimately didn't take the car. In an unrelated incident, a woman with a two-year-old was carjacked at the intersection of Gayola and Oakview, KMOV reports
A Cape Girardeau man, Charles Ackerman, has since been charged in the Sutton Boulevard incident, facing multiple counts of first-degree robbery, armed criminal action and first-degree burglary, court records show. He remains in jail; the case is still pending.
Editor's Note: The police replied to our request for more information after the post's original publication. The story has been updated to include details from the police about the victim's car that was stolen.