NORTH ATTLEBORO, Mass. (WPRI) — The hunt for a suspect continued Tuesday after a North Attleboro woman was carjacked outside her Kelley Boulevard home.
According to police, the woman in her 70’s was unloading groceries Monday when the suspect approached with a knife in hand, displayed a gun in his waistband, then took off in her gray Jeep. She was not hurt, her husband said.
The Jeep was found partially on fire about two miles away on Stobbs Drive, near Bishop Feehan High School, police said. The school was placed on temporary lockdown as a result and the neighborhood was on high alert as officers and K-9 units canvassed the area.
The suspect is described as a tall and thin Hispanic male with a mustache or goatee, wearing a dark-colored sweatshirt and gray sweatpants.
The crime took place not only outside the woman’s home, but also across the street from Briggs Nursery, which she owns. Customers on Tuesday were shocked to hear about the crime.
“I couldn’t believe that happened around here,” Jennifer Wasilunas of Foxboro said. “It’s such a small-town vibe and feel around here.”
“I try to be aware of my surroundings and make sure that my family is aware of their surroundings,” said Noreen Johnson. “Protect it as best you can but you’ve got to keep on living and enjoy your life and the holidays and your family.”
Long-time Briggs employees said the victim is doing much better and even though the incident was very alarming, the family is doing its best to stay positive.
“We’ve actually met the owner a couple times here and she’s actually a wonderful, wonderful person,” Wasilunas added.
Walpole police confirmed they’re investigating a separate carjacking that happened about 10 miles from the North Attleboro incident, but no word at this time if the two are connected in any way.