Lansing Police are investigating armed car theft 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 kidnapped in a car early Sunday morning.
“We are grateful that this person did not commit suicide,” said Woods.
Woods’ son works the night shift at Walmart on Torrance Avenue. Woods told NBC 5 that he was sitting in his car on his break when someone started knocking on his window.
“He was surprised by a knock on the window, looked over and saw that it was a gentleman with a gun.”
Woods said her son was thinking about going away. He tried to roll the window up and even put it in reverse, but the man aimed the gun at his temple.
“He said to him, ‘If you … try to pull through, I’ll kill you.’ He said, ‘Do you want to die? I will kill you,’ “she said. “[Woods’ son] said he looked over and could see the guy’s finger on the trigger and that made him get out of the car. “
The suspect escaped using Wood’s son’s car, wallet, and phone. Lansing Police Department told NBC 5 that the suspect was caught on surveillance videos from nearby companies. Woods said her son worked hard for his 2014 Nissan Altima and only had the car for about four days when it was stolen.
“I told my son we could get the property back,” she said. “I can’t get you back.”
Woods was able to track her son’s stolen car on his iPhone. Illinois license plate CE61789 was last seen on the Bishop Ford Expressway.
“I really have no words because our city has literally become the survival of the fittest and it’s getting harder and harder to protect our children,” she said. “It’s not just the city because, like I said, he was in the suburbs. It’s everywhere.”
What happened was traumatizing for her son and brings back painful memories of the loss of his eldest brother Michael Flournoy. The soccer player Simeon was shot dead in 2014. Woods said two men charged with the murder are still awaiting their court day.
“This is the second time in my life that someone has hurt my child and there is nothing I can do about it. You feel helpless,” she said. “As a parent, you have the feeling that you cannot protect your child.”
Lansing Police said they are investigating the car theft incident in the parking lot. Since January, the police in Lansing have received six reports of car theft.