Woman shot in leg during Volusia carjacking

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VOLUSIA COUNTY, Fla. - Police are searching for two men who they said kidnapped a woman from her apartment complex Monday morning and forced her to take cash from a bank.

When 22-year-old Rebecca Matous tried to escape, they shot her in the leg, police said.

Police said the robbery occurred early Monday morning at Chase Bank on Nova Road in Volusia County.

Police said Matous was snatched off the street at random.

Matous had just returned home to Countryside Apartments in Daytona Beach after buying cigarettes at a nearby Walmart.

Matous said two men with handguns approached her white Lexus and then jumped into the car.

She said they held her at gunpoint and forced her to drive to a Port Orange Chase bank and said they planned to force her to withdraw cash.

When they got to the bank, she grabbed the keys, tried to run to a nearby McDonald's for help, and one of the men opened fire and shot her.

Matous is at Halifax Medical Center in Daytona Beach and said she is very shaken and was in fear for her life.

"I just didn't want to die," Matous said. "I just prayed. If I just give them anything they want. Anything they wanted, I'd do. Don't shoot me. I just didn't want to die."

A bullet went through one of her legs and into her other leg.

She said she doesn't know how long she'll be in the hospital, but said when she gets out, she'll probably move back to Seattle. She's said she's only lived in Daytona Beach for four months.

The man who heard her scream for help, Mark Mendoza, told WFTV he called 911.

"I didn't think it would happen, at least over here in a busy part of town. (I'm) just glad I called and actually heard something," said Mendoza.

So far, police have not said if they captured anyone or if they have suspects in the case.

 

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