Woman carjacked near Vero Beach; vehicle found but suspect missing

UPDATE: According to the Indian River County Sheriff's Office, the carjacking vehicle was located in the 5900 block of 24th Street. Deputies, K9 and Hawk searched the area but were unable to locate the suspect. 

The investigation is ongoing. 

EARLIER STORY:

A man carjacked a woman in front of a Publix near Vero Beach Monday, according to the Indian River County Sheriff's Office.

It happened in the Ryanwood Plaza at the intersection of  58th Avenue and State Road 60.

Investigators say the man, armed with a handgun, forced the female driver to drive to the Bank of America parking lot but she bailed out of the car when she saw people standing outside.

The suspect then moved into the driver's seat and took off west on State Road 60, the sheriff's office said.

The car is described as a white Chrysler 300 with Florida tag Y74DMD.

the bank was locked down as a precaution.

Police describe the person they are looking for as a light-skinned man possibly of Middle Eastern, Hispanic, or African American descent.

"We need your help to get this dangerous man off the streets. To kidnap this elderly woman at gunpoint in broad daylight shows how dangerous he truly is," Indian River County Sheriff Deryl Loar said in a statement.

The sheriff's office released a photo of the carjacked automobile.

It was later found in the 5900 block of 24th Street.  The suspect is still at large.

If you have any information please call 911 or Treasure Coast Crime Stoppers at 1-800-273-TIPS (8477).

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