Aurora carjacking victim speaks out to warn others

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AURORA, Colo. -- An Aurora woman was carjacked at gunpoint in broad daylight and is sharing her story to warn others.

The carjacking occurred at the Safeway gas pumps at 1766 S. Havana St. about 2:45 p.m. Thursday. Heidi Gutierrez said she has fueled up at that location countless times without ever thinking twice.

“I go there a lot because it’s on my way from home,” she said. “I just get out of the car, go inside, pay with my card, gas up and leave.”

But on Thursday, her normal quick trip for gas turned into a nightmare.

“I finished gassing up and started to get in my car and felt a tap on my shoulder. I looked around and there was a gentleman there with a gun,” Gutierrez said.

Gutierrez was face to face with a thief and his gun.

“I was calm, but I was scared,” she said. “Scared to death.”

The thief asked for the keys and drove off with her 2008 blue Ford Fusion. It has a Colorado license plate of 950-SFW and a Harley Davidson sticker on the rear window.

The suspect is described as a white male, 25 to 30 years old and about 6-foot. He was wearing a straw hat with a camouflage bandanna covering his face and jean shorts.

Gutierrez’s cellphone and many other personal belongings, including her ID and credit cards, were also stolen.

“I hope he gets caught and doesn’t do this to any more people,” she said.

Gutierrez knows the material items can be replaced. As for her well-being, that might take some time.

“When I get gas now I’m going to have my husband with me,” she said. “When people, men walk up to me, I’m scared.”

The Aurora Police Department asks anyone that has seen Gutierrez’s car to call 911. Do not approach the vehicle or anyone in it because the suspect should be considered armed and dangerous.

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