Mother grateful to get children out of SUV during carjacking in supermarket lot, WSYX
Mother grateful to get children out of SUV during carjacking in supermarket lot
by LU ANN STOIA
A mother with three little kids in her SUV was waiting for her online grocery order to be delivered to her in the Kroger parking lot on Hilliard-Rome Road Tuesday just before nine a.m. when she got the scare of a lifetime. (Courtesy: Jessica Kohan)
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COLUMBUS, Ohio (WSYX/WTTE) — A mother with three little kids in her SUV was waiting for her online grocery order to be delivered to her in the Kroger parking lot on Hilliard-Rome Road Tuesday just before nine a.m. when she got the scare of a lifetime.
Jessica Kohan, 28, of Hilliard, said a stud approached her vehicle and told her to get the “F” out of her car.
“The only thing I could think of was getting my kids out of the car, and I was like, ‘Can I please get my kids out of the car? Please let me get my kids out of the car. He was like ‘get the kids out of the car. Don’t attempt to be a f-ing hero or I will shoot you [expletive],” said Kohan.
Kohan said the suspect took her phone and wallet, and left the lot in her SUV.
Kohan’s three children (ages five, three, and two months) were not hurt. But the mother said her oldest was upset at very first.
“She was like, ‘Wait a minute. Why did he take our car?And I am like, Well, we just got robbed and he is taking our car. It’s fine, everything will be okay and we are out of the car and that is all that matters.”
The suspect took off and went around some construction barrels to allude police, according to ODOT. That is where he hit a ledge on a bridge being built and bruised the car so that it was not drivable.
Columbus Police arrested 23-year-old Abdiaziz Mohamud and charged him primarily with aggravated robbery.
“I hope he gets locked away for a very, very long time. I am glad they caught him. That was my thickest worry after all this happened is he is not going to get caught,” said Kohan.
The mom said she will proceed to use the Kroger ClickList service, but has learned a lessen that she hopes others will too.
“That is my largest regret today, having all my windows down and being vulnerable like that. Keep yourself safe,” said Kohan.
Kroger declined an on camera interview but issued a written statement:
Kroger has a number of security cameras inwards and outside of our stores, including directly on the area where the incident took place this morning. All relevant movie has been provided to detectives. We are appreciative that no one was physically injured in this incident and commend the quick deeds of all law enforcement involved.