Deputies search for possible witness to University Place carjacking

Deputies search for possible witness to University Place carjacking
Deputies are asking for the public's help to identify a possible witness to a carjacking in University Place. (PCSD)

UNIVERSITY PLACE — Detectives with the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department are asking for the public’s help to identify a possible witness to a carjacking in University Place earlier this month.

Around 7:30 p.m. on Jan. 9, deputies say a woman called to report that she had been carjacked.

The woman told deputies she was parking her car along Market Place W. when a suspect opened her door and made her get out.

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When the woman tried to grab her purse, deputies say the suspect threatened to shoot her. The woman did not see a weapon, but said the suspect had his hand in his sweatshirt – implying he had one.

The suspect then left in the woman’s car, but the car was later found by deputies.

Deputies said surveillance video from a nearby business showed a man in the area around the time of the carjacking.

According to deputies, the man seen in the video is “only considered a witness” and they are hoping to talk to him.

Anyone with information on who the man is asked to contact the Sheriff’s Department.