Police are looking for the suspect in a carjacking at a southern Colorado Springs Natural Grocers Sunday evening.
Police said it happened around 7:20 p.m. at the grocery store on South Nevada Avenue just south of Interstate 25. The victim was putting her groceries in her car when she was approached by a man, according to police. The man demanded her car and threatened to stab her with a knife. He then pulled the keys from her hand, got into the car, and drove off, according to police.
Police said the victim was not injured.
The suspect was described as a Hispanic or Caucasian man between 40 and 60 years old. The victim’s car is a 2011 Kia Rio with Colorado license plate number 068 TAA.
Businesses on South Nevada Avenue in Colorado Springs are a mix of old and new, but crime still lingers.
“I come support the new businesses over here, because I want to see the change in the area. I think there is a lot of potential for growth,” said Jenny Pike, a Natural Grocer customer.
“We know that our auto theft, carjackings, are up the first two months of this year, compared to last year,” said Lt. Howard Black with the Colorado Springs Police Department.
Lt. Black says crime happens in just about every zip code.
“I’m not that surprised, the area is still pretty rough,” said Pike. “We probably wouldn’t come over here after dark.”
“These types of crime happen everywhere in the metro area… we want to be aware of our surroundings,” said Lt. Black.
Natural Grocers sent the following statement in response to the incident:
“Our employees’ and customers’ safety is very important to Natural Grocers. In response to the incident that occurred on February 26, we are taking extra precautions to ensure safety at our store. We will continue to employ onsite, full-time security at our South Colorado Springs store. In addition, we are working with area law enforcement to increase security and police presence in the area.”
Security seems like it’s a welcome change for shoppers.
“Over the last couple weeks they’ve had security at the front door so that’s been nice… since sometimes there are some intoxicated people in the parking lot,” said Pike.
Anyone with information is asked to call police at 719-444-7000.