Police patrols increased after Walmart lot carjacking

Published 9:54 am Wednesday, June 22, 2022

Brookhaven police have increased patrols in the aftermath of a parking lot carjacking.

Just before 9:30 p.m. Monday, officers responded to a report of a stolen vehicle outside Walmart, according to Chief Kenneth Collins.

Lisa Wilson, the owner of a white 2020 Kia Sorento, told officers she had cranked her SUV to get it cooled off while she unloaded her shopping cart. As she started to put her groceries into the vehicle, she noticed a man sitting in the driver’s seat of her car. The man was described as a black male with a low haircut, wearing a surgical mask and sunglasses.

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Wilson began yelling for help and attempted to open the car door. The suspect locked the doors and pulled out of the parking lot rapidly. Wilson, who had been holding on to the door handle, was dragged a short distance on the pavement, Collins said.

She suffered abrasions, bruising and a broken foot, according to a family member’s Facebook post.

“She was carjacked, ran over and drug, because some animal decided to steal her vehicle at Wal Mart in Brookhaven,” Wilson’s nephew Zach Harveston wrote. “I want to thank from the bottom of my heart Sergeant Lisa Jackson of the Brookhaven Police Department and the paramedics of KDMC for their hard work and taking care of her!!! … people I beg and plead with you to please be aware of your surroundings and always remain vigilant. Because I’m here to tell you it can happen to anybody.”

“We’ve got video and are trying to locate the suspect who is still at large,” Collins said. “We don’t know where these people are coming from, but we believe he is a regular that’s been hanging out there.”

Anyone who spots the vehicle — Mississippi license plate LID2412 — or has other information is asked to call BPD at 601-833-2424.