Mom carjacked in parking lot as she waits for son to get out of work

Jeffrey Shawn Link, 47, of Fall River, is charged with armed carjacking. Police said he forced his way into a 37-year-old woman's car and struck her in the head with a bottle before driving away in the vehicle. The victim was taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries. (Dartmouth Police photo)

DARTMOUTH, Mass. (WPRI) — A New Bedford woman waiting in her car for her son to get out of work was carjacked in a parking lot Wednesday night.

Police in Dartmouth responded to a Best Buy located on Faunce Corner Road around 9:30 p.m.

According to police, the 38-year-old woman was sitting in her car when she was approached by the suspect. After forcing his way into the victim’s vehicle, the suspect struck the woman in the head with a bottle and then drove away.

“This guy came to the side of my car and said ‘excuse me miss, excuse me ma’am’ and when I turned he went through my window pushed me over to the passenger side,” Holly Medeiros told Eyewitness News.

“Telling me to get out – he’s going to kill me. Get out,” she recalled. “I started to fight him a little bit – fight him off and he smashed me in the face with a bottle.”

Police said the suspect, identified as Jeffrey Shawn Link, 47, of Fall River, got away with the car – but because Medeiros’ phone was still inside, the police report said an eyewitness was able to track it.

After notifying neighboring police departments, detectives were able to track down Link in New Bedford and arrest him.

“There’s really no explanation for why he wanted to do this,” said Det. Kevin Costa with the Dartmouth Police Department. “It’s a different day and age where we always have to be on the lookout.”

Link has a long criminal history, according to officials. Court records show he served at least 12 years in federal prison for gun charges. He also has a history of violent crimes in both Rhod Island and Massachusetts.

Link was charged with armed carjacking, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, threats to commit a crime, and assault to maim. His bail was set at $250,000 cash.

Mederios was taken to St. Luke’s Hospital to be treated for non-life threatening injuries. She said she had to get stitches on her nose, which is likely broken.

“I hope he goes away for a while he shouldn’t be on the streets,” she said.

Link was unable to pay his bail and is being held until his next court date.

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