Clearwater police are seeking the public’s help in locating the suspect in an attempted carjacking at Westfield Countryside Mall on Sunday.
Police say the armed suspect approached a 24-year-old Largo woman and her two young children after they arrived shortly after 1 p.m. between JCPenney and Macy’s.
They were just outside their car when the suspect, armed with a silver or chrome handgun, pulled the slide back on the gun and demanded the vehicle, police say.
The woman pleaded for him to not take the car or hurt her or her two two preschool-age children, one of whome was in a stroller, police say.
The suspect ran off when another car pulled into a nearby parking space, police say.
The suspect, seen on surveillance video from inside the mall, is described as a black male in his mid-20s, between 5 feet 5 and 5 feet 9 with a medium build. He was clean shaven and had short black hair, and was wearing a baggy white polo shirt with green and blue horizontal stripes and dark jeans. He also was carrying a dark shoulder bag.
Anyone with information is asked to call Clearwater Police at (727) 562-4242.