KPD: Woman carjacked in Walmart parking lot Sept. 13

A woman suffered minor injuries after a man reportedly punched her and dragged her before carjacking her vehicle in the Walmart parking lot Sunday, Capt. Timothy Wagner, the Kearny Police Department’s public-information officer said this morning.

According to Capt. Wagner:

On Sept. 13 at 6:36 p.m., patrol officers responded to a call at the Walmart parking lot reporting a carjacking.

The victim, a 36-year-old woman from the Bronx, reported she was loading groceries into her 2020 Hyundai Elantra and noticed a man pushing a shopping cart nearby who appeared to be collecting garbage.

When the victim got into the driver’s seat, the man approached, punched her in the head and dragged her out of her car. There was a struggle, during which time the man was able to enter the driver’s seat and begin to drive away in the victim’s car.

The victim held on and was dragged for a distance before letting go.

The suspect fled in the victim’s car before police arrived.

The victim sustained abrasions to both arms and both legs from having been dragged and swelling to the forehead from having been punched. She was treated at the scene by EMS, but was not hospitalized.

On Sept. 14 at approximately 1 a.m., the Newark Police Department notified KPD that they were in pursuit of the victim’s vehicle into Jersey City on Rt. 440. The vehicle later crashed into a utility pole in Bayonne.

The driver refused medical aid.

Newark police arrested the driver, Eduardo Perez III, 28, of Rahway, who was alone in the car.

It is not immediately clear whether Perez was the one who conducted the alleged carjacking, though police say he matched the description of the suspect “to a tee.”

The carjacking investigation is still active on KPD’s end.

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