Clearwater police searching for attempted carjacking suspect

Man tried to take vehicle from mother outside mall

CLEARWATER - Detectives are searching for a man who tried to carjack a mother at gunpoint Sunday outside the Westfield Countryside Mall.

The man approached the 24-year-old Largo mother and her two preschool-aged children about 1 p.m. near their vehicle parked between JCPenny and Macy's, according to Clearwater Police Department. He showed her a gun, pulled back the slide and demanded her vehicle.

As the mother pleaded with him not to hurt her or her children, a car pulled into a nearby parking space, startling him. He ran south and then headed west on Countryside Boulevard.

The suspect was between 5-foot-5 and 5-foot-9 with a medium build, shaved face and short black hair. Security video from the mall didn't capture the attempted crime, but shows the man in the mall prior to the incident.

If you have information, call Clearwater Police Department at 727-562-4242.

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