Courtesy of The Madera Police Department
This clip from surveilance camera footage shows two men suspected of attempting to carjack a woman in the parking lot of Food 4 Less on July 11.
In a brazen car-jacking attempt in a grocery store parking lot, a 30-year-old Madera woman was attacked, beaten and dragged out of her car by her hair by two men, according to the Madera Police Department.
The woman was traumatized by the attack and sustained serious injuries, but is now recovering at home.
Recently released surveillance camera footage shows the entire July 11th incident.
The two black men in their 20s were seen cruising the parking lot of Food-4-Less on Cleveland Avenue about 9:30 p.m. in a silver Honda when they approached the woman’s car as she was pulling in. They walked up and opened both the passenger’s and driver’s side doors and began violently punching the woman several times from both directions and then pulled the terrified woman out and onto the ground as they continued to beat her about the face and arms, before a group of nearby shoppers heard her screaming, ran to her rescue and stopped the beating.
Officers commended the actions of the bystanders and said the woman could have been more seriously injured and her car stolen had the bystanders not intervened.
The attackers then fled into traffic. The car used in the hijacking attempt had earlier been reported stolen out of Fresno. It was later found abandoned in Chowchilla, where the police later recovered additional video footage of the attackers. Police believe the men were both from Fresno, and the Madera location and the woman were selected at random for the car jacking.
Police have exhausted their initial leads and are now hoping someone from the public can identify the pair from the video footage.
The investigation is ongoing. Detectives are asking anyone with information on the men or the incident to call Crime Stoppers at 498-STOP. Crime Stoppers pays up to a $2,000 cash reward for anonymous information called into their tip line that leads to an arrest and a conviction.