Police search for East Islip carjacker
Police are searching for the suspect in an East Islip carjacking.
It occurred in the parking lot of a Starbucks on Sunrise Service Road just before 7 a.m., according to authorities.
Police say the suspect entered the victim’s minivan and told her to get out. He then drove off and hit a truck and fence on Carleton Avenue. The driver of the truck wasn’t hurt.
The woman, who wants to only be identified as Deborah, says she goes to Starbucks every day and always felt safe. Now, that sense of security is shattered.
"It's just very upsetting not to feel safe in your own home area," says Deborah.
Deborah says out of nowhere a man wearing a hoodie and a surgical mask opened the passenger side door to get into her minivan.
"I completely froze, and he said you're going to get out of the car nice and slow," says Deborah. "He had his hands in his pocket the entire time and moved his hand which made me think there could potentially be a weapon."
Deborah says she is thankful no one was hurt and that her toddler son was not in the backseat.
Suffolk police say no one has been charged yet in the case.