SANFORD, Fla. - A lakeside community is on edge Thursday night as Sanford police search for one of three men who they said tried to carjack a mother in broad daylight while her young child was in the car.
Police said the incident happened inside the Venetian Bay Community, near Lake Monroe.
“All three were around my car, and I had a revolver in my face,” the victim told Channel 9, asking not to be identified. “They just all kept tugging at my doors, at my son’s door, saying, ‘Open the car. Open the car.’ He kept tapping the gun at the window."
According to police, one of the men pointed a gun at a neighbor who was coming to the aid of the woman.
The neighbor backed away and called 911 as the woman stepped on the gas and sped away.
“My neighbor ran after them, which spooked them,” the victim said.
"She gunned the engine and attempted to get away and was able to elude them," said Capt. James McAuliffe of the Sanford Police Department.
“They walked up. She was getting ready to leave and they walked up to the car and shoved a gun in her face. They are armed,” the neighbor told 911 dispatchers. “Then, when I come running over, he then pointed it at me."
Sanford police arrested two teen suspects, but a third man ran into a wooded area and hasn't been found, authorities said.
Police said they found the gun used in the crime in a nearby retention pond.
Neighbors said they found the crime to be unsettling.
"The very nature of a mom and her baby can't be safe at home is obviously another tragic circumstance," said neighbor Dorinda Calloway.
The two teens who were caught are charged with attempted carjacking and aggravated assault with a weapon, according to police.
Police have not released their names.
The victim said she’s thankful she and her child survived.
“I’m so grateful, I’m grateful to God and I’m grateful for my neighbor that ran after them,” the woman said. “It could have been a lot worse."
Anyone with information to the third suspect’s whereabouts is asked to contact authorities.