According to the SPD blotter, a family was carjacked at gunpoint at Safeway and forced to drive to a Columbia City bank to withdraw cash today:
Robbers Force Man to Drive to Bank, Withdraw Cash
Two armed robbers pulled a gun on a man Thursday and threatened to kill his family if he didn’t drive them to a Columbia City bank and withdraw cash.
The victim told police he was walking to his car outside a grocery store in the 3800 block of Rainier Avenue South when a man approached him and flashed a handgun. The suspect climbed into the passenger seat of the victim’s car and told the victim to drive toward Seward Park.
The suspect told the victim to stop and pick up a woman along Seward Park Avenue South before the pair of suspects ordered him to call his bank and find out how much money he had in his account.
The suspects then ordered the victim to drive to the bank, where they instructed him to go inside and withdraw cash. They also warned him they would kill his family if he didn’t return with money.
After leaving the bank, the victim handed the suspects an envelope of money before they fled.
Police are still working to get more information about the suspects, but the victim said the man who pulled the gun on him was a black male in his late 20s, and described his female accomplice was a white female with straight, black shoulder length hear, wearing a dark-colored scarf.
If you have any information about this incident, please contact SPD Robbery detectives at (206) 684-5535