CHESTERFIELD, VA (WWBT) - Police are searching for three suspects who they say carjacked an elderly woman in Chesterfield County.
Officials said the incident happened in the 3400 block of Summerbrooke Drive around 5 p.m. on Sunday.
According to police, a man and woman approached the 82-year-old woman in her driveway, taking her keys and cellphone. A third person showed a handgun and pushed her to the ground.
The three left in her white 2015 Nissan Versa with Virginia license plate KDH-8100.
Police said the carjackers are described as being two black men and woman in their teens or early 20s.
People who live in the close-knit community look out for each other whenever they can. That's why they are shocked that someone could be robbed at gunpoint while screaming for her life.
"Cops started coming in droves," said neighbor Alan Harvey.
Relatives says around 5,p.m., the victim and her 89-year-old husband, who do not want to be identified, were headed to church when they saw three people at the end of their drive way.
The suspects claimed to be lost, and one of them asked to use the elderly woman's cell phone to make a call.
"A few moments later, he handed her back the phone and she thought that would be the extent of conversation," said the victim's son.
He says that's when things took a turn for the worst.
"He knocked her down, put a gun to her head and said 'Give me your keys and stop screaming,'" said the victim's son.
Fighting for her life, she kept screaming hoping to get the attention of her neighbors.
"None of the neighbors heard it," said the victim's son.
"We came out, and a neighbor came across the street and was like 'she was screaming at the top of her lungs, did you hear it?'" said Harvey. "I was like 'we didn't hear anything.'"
The three suspects sped away in her white 2015 Nissan Versa, leaving the couple in their driveway, physically unharmed but mentally scarred.
"She felt pretty secure here, but that's done away with now," said the victim's son. "If anyone was standing out in her driveway from this day going forward, she's not coming out."
Now the community and family are grateful that they avoided a tragedy.
"In just one split second, he could've pulled that trigger and snuffed her life out," said the victim's son.
The family hopes police find who did this quickly, before they harm anybody else.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Chesterfield County Police at 804-784-1251 or Crime Solvers at 804-784-0660.
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