October 2, 2014

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Best Buy employee reports carjacking outside store

ELYRIA – A Best Buy employee was just leaving work on Tuesday when she said a man got into her car, choked her, threatened her and drove away with her purse.

Madison Seman, 22, told police she got into her car outside of her job at the Midway Mall Best Buy around 4:15 p.m. Tuesday when an unknown man got into the passenger’s side of her car. The man began choking Seman with his left hand while trying to start the car with his right, Elyria Police Capt. Chris Costantino said.

Seman told police the man was white and looked about 40 to 50 years old with a grey hunting jacket, dark jeans and heavy gloves. The man did not have a weapon but he told Seman to give him money or he would kill her, Costantino said.

When Seman offered the man her debit card, he declined. She then told him her purse was in her trunk and he could take the car, according to police. When the man got out to look for her purse, Seman told police she ran from her car back to Best Buy and the man drove away with her car.

Police have not found a suspect or the car but urge people to keep a lookout for the 1998 teal Ford Escort with license plate number ELV1496. If someone sees the car, they should call Elyria Police at (440)-323-3302, Costantino said.

Contact Anna Merriman at 329-7245 or amerriman@chroniclet.com. Follow her on Twitter at @AnnaLMerriman.