Carjacker goes to mall to shop

VIDEO: Mall carjacking suspect approaches woman before leaving store. [43 sec.]

Richmond County investigators are searching for a man who carjacked two women Thursday and was caught on a surveillance video after he used one of the women's credit cards at Dillard's.

At about 11 a.m., a woman was vacuuming her GMC Yukon at Top Notch Car Wash, 2841 Washington Road. A man in a dirty white T-shirt and khaki pants approached and asked her about a job.

"He talked to her for a few seconds, and she was ignoring him," Richmond County sheriff's Investigator Tom Johnson said.

The man then made a dash for the woman's driver seat.

"She fought with him outside the car while he was trying to get in," Investigator Johnson said.

The woman was not harmed in the incident, but the man was able to get away in her vehicle.

About an hour-and-a-half later, mall surveillance videos caught him leaving Dillard's at the Augusta Mall with three bags of clothes. According to a sheriff's office news release, he used one of the woman's credit cards to buy the items, then changed his clothes before leaving the store.

Outside, he ditched the first victim's vehicle and approached another woman. He demanded the keys to her car and her belongings, the release said. After a brief struggle in which the woman was injured slightly, the man fled in her 2004 Ford Mustang, only to return to the mall at about 8 p.m. to shop some more.

In a separate carjacking incident, a woman foiled a group of men who attempted to steal her car while she was at a stop sign on Forest Street on Thursday afternoon.

One of the men approached her Kia Sorento and said, "Ma'am, we need your car," a sheriff's report said. He then pointed a 9 mm handgun at her. She grabbed the gun, causing the suspect to pull away, the report said. When he did, the woman drove off, and the man fired four shots at her, one of which struck the rear of her car.

Investigators are asking anyone with information about any of the incidents to contact them at (706) 821-1080.

Reach Adam Folk at (706) 823-3339 or adam.folk@augustachronicle.com.