DULUTH, Ga. (AP) — A woman jumped out of a moving car with her 1-year-old child to escape being kidnapped by a man who carjacked her vehicle, according to authorities in Georgia.
The man first approached the woman when she was eating by her car at a Lawrenceville gas station on Aug. 18, the Gwinnett County Police Department said in a statement posted Tuesday on Facebook.
Authorities said the man punched the victim multiple times on her face and reached for what she believed to be a gun. He then told her to get in the backseat of the car, where her child was sleeping, according to police.
She obeyed, and police say the man drove off with the vehicle.
During the drive, officials said he demanded money from the woman and threatened to kill her. That’s when she grabbed her child and jumped out of the car.
The man continued to drive, and the victim's car was found abandoned the next day in Duluth, a city located about 12 miles (19 kilometers) northwest of Lawrenceville.
The victim was treated for injuries she sustained during the fall when police arrived. The child was not injured.
Authorities are asking anyone with information to contact the police department.