LANCASTER, Pa. -- A gunman forced his way into a woman's car, then robbed and kidnapped her in the parking lot of the Park City Center in Lancaster Monday afternoon, police said.
IMAGES: Mall Crime Scene, Police Composite
Police said the woman called 911 around 2:30 p.m. from the Bob Evans Restaurant on Centerville Road in East Hempfield Township to report that she had been kidnapped and robbed at gunpoint.
Police said the woman told them she had left Park City Center through the south entrance/exit around 2:20 p.m. She walked to her car, unlocked it and got in. At that point, the gunman entered the car, brandishing a black revolver, police said.
Police said the man told the woman to leave the parking lot and drive. The woman drove to the Centerville Square Shopping Center. The man directed her to the far northwest side and rear of the shopping center, where he demanded money and credit cards, police said. The woman gave the gunman her belongings and he fled on foot. The woman then went to the Bob Evans Restaurant and called police.
Police have released a sketch of the gunman (click through this slideshow to view the composite) and distributed the following description:
* Race/sex: Hispanic/male, light complexion.
* Height: 5 feet 6 inches to 5 feet 8 inches tall.
* Build: Medium.
* Facial Hair: Unshaven.
* Distinguishing marks: Black and gray tattoo on right arm, wrist area. The tattoo may continue up the arm.
Clothes: Last seen wearing black ski/knit cap, black, puffy, waist-length winter coat, jeans with pre-made fade marks, black sneakers and black gloves.
"The description that they have is going to be exceptionally helpful. He may shave to change his facial appearance, but the tattoos and other descriptions that she's been able to give us are things that won't change -- that once the suspect is developed and he's taken into custody, they'll be the identifiers that we need," said Sgt. Pete Glatfelter.
If you have any information that could help investigators, you are asked to contact the Lancaster City Bureau of Police at 735-3300.
Park City released the following statement regarding the incident:
"Park City Center is cooperating fully and working closely with the City of Lancaster Bureau of Police's on-going investigation of an alleged incident that took place yesterday on the Mall parking lot. We are referring all questions regarding the incident to the Lancaster Police Department.
The security of our shoppers is always a concern. Park City Center has increased its security personnel during this holiday season and we ask that everyone remain keenly aware of their surroundings at all times. Any suspicious activities should be reported immediately to Mall security or the Lancaster Police Department."