Police say store employee did the right thing during carjacking

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UNIVERSITY HEIGHTS, Ohio -- University Heights police continued to search for a gunman who carjacked and robbed a Macy’s employee at the University Square parking garage on July 2nd around 8:00pm.

The 51-year-old victim called 911 for help. "I just got held up with a gun. He took my car and my wallet."

Police said the man was taking his nightly break while sitting in his car.

The suspect seemed harmless after he first approached the man’s car.

"He asked me if I had a phone; I told him I left it in Macy's," the victim said.

The gunman became aggressive, ordered him out of his car, demanded his wallet, and drove away.

"It's surprising. We don't have these types of crimes often in University Heights," said Police Chief Steven Hammett.”

Chief Hammett said his officers had never been called to the shopping complex for a carjacking, much less, an armed robbery. He applauded the victim for the way in which he handled the situation.

"He complied, gave him the car, gave him his wallet, and he was able to walk away from it without being hurt," said the chief.

The crime provided the public with a cautionary tale, according to Roderic Loper, who’d worked nearby for more than 15 years and had never had a problem.

"You really have to watch out for anybody. You never know who's what," he said.

His was a sentiment shared by Liz Knab, who was no stranger to the parking garage where the crime took place.

"Kind of reinforces those age-old safety tips you always hear,” said Knab.

FOX 8 News reached out to the management of University Square’s Macy's store.  We were told there would be no comment regarding the incident.

The victim's car was found at 11:00 p.m. Wednesday. It had been abandoned near Euclid Avenue at East 181 Street in Cleveland. University Heights Police examined the automobile for any evidence that might lead them to a suspect.