Henrico police are stepping up efforts to find the person who is carjacking people and forcing them to take money out of ATMs. The latest crime happened Friday night around 11:30 on Quarry Lake Drive in Short Pump It's the fourth armed carjacking and robbery in the west end since September, but "this" crime didn't end as planned.
When the would-be robber thought he was headed to the victim's ATM, the victim in this case decided he wasn't letting the crook off so easily.
Shoppers in Short Pump are reacting to what appears to becoming a crime trend on the west end.
"Ohh, I'd be terribly scared. Would you do it? Yes. You would give them the money? Yes. Please do. Take it all," Bertha Harris said.
"I kind of moved to the area thinking it's a nice safe place so kind of concerning to hear that," said Tyler Carroll.
It's the 4th ATM robbery attempt in as many weeks. This time - Henrico police say man was getting out of his car near an apartment complex when the bad guy approached him, hopped in his car demanding the driver take him to the ATM and withdraw money.
"Do they have a gun? Yes. Then someone needs to get on that," said Simone White.
In the three previous Henrico cases, the robber made off with cash but this time - the intended victim said - not so fast. With the suspect inside his car the driver pretended like he was heading to the ATM but instead stopped at a restaurant near the Short Pump Town Center and called police. That's when the would-be robber ran away.
"That was a good call. I probably wouldn't think of something like that. I probably would just take him straight to my bank," White said.
Now police are reminding everyone no matter where you are - be aware. You never know whose watching you.
"Do you think you'll be more cautious at the ATM? Oh sure, anytime I'm in a parking lot, I have my keys ready," said Lucille Lindamood.
"I go there at night time or evening time, I'm looking around to make sure no one is around me. Just watching your surroundings? Yes," Harris said.
People who live in the west end remain on edge the number of crimes like this keeps growing.
"People are desperate. We're in a recession," White added.
"I have a lot of confidence in our police system…I have confidence they're going to figure it out," Lindamood said.
Investigators remind you there is no one set rule on how to respond to a situation like this. Every case is different. In this case, the victim was thinking ahead, looking for an exit - something officers are also recommending.
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