Lansing Police investigate armed hijacking in Walmart parking lot – NBC Chicago

It was in the Walmart parking lot in Lansing that Tymeka Woods said her 19-year-old son was the victim of a car theft early Sunday morning.

“We’re thankful that, you know, this person didn’t kill himself,” Woods said.

Woods’ son works nights at Walmart on Torrance Avenue. Woods told NBC 5 he was sitting in his car during his break when someone started banging on his window.

“He was surprised by a knock on the window, looked and saw it was a gentleman with a gun.”

Woods said his son had considered leaving. He tried to roll up the window and even reverse the car, but the man pointed the gun to his temple.

“He said to her, ‘If you… try to get out of this, I’m going to kill you.’ He said, ‘Do you want to die? I’m going to kill you,’ “she said. “[Woods’ son] said he looked and he could see the guy had his finger on the trigger and that’s what got him out of the car. “

The suspect fled with Woods’ son’s car, wallet and phone. Lansing Police told NBC 5 that the suspect was captured on surveillance footage from nearby businesses. Woods said his son worked hard on his 2014 Nissan Altima and only had the car for about four days when it was stolen.

“I told my son that we can get the goods back,” she said. “I can’t have another you.”

Woods was able to track his son’s stolen car using his iPhone. The car with the Illinois license plate CE61789 was last seen on the Bishop Ford Freeway.

“I really have no words because our city has literally become the survival of the fittest and it is getting harder and harder to protect our children,” she said. “It’s not just the city, because, like I said, it was in the suburbs. It’s everywhere.”

What happened was traumatic for her son and brought back painful memories of the loss of his older brother, Michael Flournoy. Simeon’s football player was shot and killed in 2014. Woods said two men accused of the murder were still awaiting court appearance.

“This is the second time in my life that someone has harmed my child and there is nothing I can do about it. It makes you feel helpless,” she said. “As a parent, it makes you feel like you can’t protect your child.”

Lansing police said they were investigating the car hijacking incident in the parking lot. Since January, police have received six reports of car hijacking in Lansing.

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