The friend of a Rock Hill, South Carolina victim is using social media to warn others about a method that’s being used by criminals in store parking lots. An anonymous woman’s friend reported on Facebook that her friend was sitting in her car when two men parked their car directly in front of her with their high beams on.
As she was blinded by the light, the two men jumped out of their car and attempted to pry open the doors of her car.
Thankfully, the woman was able to speed off. She was so terrified over the incident that she left the state to stay with family.
“Someone turned on their high beams and she looked up and she can’t really see anything. She asked her identity to remain protected for her safety,” the victim’s friend who made the post told NBC Charlotte.
“And then of a sudden, she heard two men on both sides of her car, the passenger and the driver side. As she was pulling away they were still trying to get in her car they were wearing hoodies and they had the hoodie part down past their eyes. Thankfully she locked her doors. It was just too close to home and I wanted people to be aware.”
The friend said she was grateful that the victim had the doors locked.
“Who knows what would’ve happened if they had gotten her car and she didn’t lock the doors?” she said.
The woman chose not to call the police, however, the Rock Hill South Carolina Police Department caught wind of the viral post and began an investigation.
Rock Hill Police Officer Mark Bollinger told WTHR that it’s likely that the men were trying to get her out of her car. Bollinger advised the public to be cautious and to avoid sitting in their cars too long, especially while distracted.
He also said that the public should call the police right away if they feel threatened.
“If you ever feel like you’re in an unsafe situation, don’t think you’re bothering us. That’s what we’re here for, we’re here to help,” Bollinger told the news outlet. “Stay in your car and call us or leave that spot. If the car starts to follow you, go to the nearest police agency.”