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Family carjacked at Cedar Park H-E-B

CEDAR PARK, Texas (KXAN) — Police are investigating after a family says it was carjacked Saturday around 10 p.m. in the H-E-B parking lot in Cedar Park.

Cedar Park police confirmed it is investigating the situation Saturday at the store on 2800 E. Whitestone Blvd. near Parmer Lane as a robbery.

"What we understand is that a man approached the family in the parking lot, told them to get out of the car and then took off in the car," a police spokeswoman said. It happened around 10:06 p.m.

KXAN spoke with the couple involved. They did not want to be identified, but told us the family's trip to H-E-B was meant to be a quick one.

The man who was driving parked the SUV and ran inside to buy a lemonade. He left his wife and their two children in the backseat with the vehicle running because one of their kids was asleep. 

The driver's wife says she usually locks the doors immediately. After her husband left, a man approached the SUV, as if to ask for directions.

That's when she says the suspect must have realized the doors were unlocked, he opened the driver seat door, sat down, and told the woman to get her children and get out. Then, he drove off. 

The woman tells KXAN the man did not threaten her with a weapon, but she could not see whether he had one. She says she wasn't willing to find out if he did because she was concerned for her children's safety. 

The family says they are just grateful everyone is safe. 

Police are looking for a Hispanic man in his 40s. He was last seen wearing a dark shirt and may have been carrying a red gas can. The family's car is a red Mazda CX5 with license plate DMT0726.

Cedar Park PD released the following carjacking safety and prevention tips: 

  • No vehicle is worth your life. Let them have it. 
  • Do not leave your vehicle unlocked and/or running – always secure your vehicle, lock it and take the keys with you.
  • Be aware of your surroundings. 
  • As you approach your vehicle – have your keys in your hand.
  • Always park in well-lighted areas. 
  • Be suspicious of people approaching your car, asking for directions, handing out flyers or trying to sell items in the parking lot. 
  • If something seems irregular, stay in your car, lock the doors and call 911.

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