Wauwatosa carjacking victim: "I jumped in after him"

Posted at 10:34 PM, Jul 19, 2017
and last updated 2017-07-20 12:58:50-04

A crew of carjackers has stolen six cars in six days in Wauwatosa, the two latest of which were taken early Wednesday morning.

A Wauwatosa mother was the first person hit by the carjackers. It's left her shaken and a normal afternoon errand is no longer the same.

"I did stop at store tonight and I looked seven times before I even got in my car," said Heather Williams.

Her car is a rental right now because on Friday around 4:30 p.m. Williams stopped at Tosa Liquor to use their ATM. She was getting back in her car when two people walked by her.

"I put my keys in my left to open my car door and that's when I felt someone brush up against me and then rip really hard. And she was grabbing my keys," Williams said.

Williams said a girl between the ages of 14 and 16 grabbed her keys and started dragging her. When Williams let go of the keys the girl tossed them to her accomplice, an older male. Williams thinks he was in his late teens or early 20s. The man got into William's car and she followed.

"I jumped in after him to try to get the keys away from him," Williams said.

He pushed her out and locked himself in William's car.

"I jumped onto the hood of the car and latched on. Then he hit the car in reverse and went backwards and that's when I fell off the car," Williams said.

Wauwatosa police said at least two girls and two boys are part of the crew carjacking people around the city. Since Friday police suspect the crew swiped six cars, mainly around the area of North Avenue and 66th Street. Now Williams has a simple message.

"I think if there is one thing that I learned from this it's to always be aware regardless of where you are, how safe you think you might be," Williams said.

Wauwatosa police have said they have stepped up patrols in the area of where the carjackings have been occurring.