Minneapolis carjacking victim speaks out, urges state lawmakers to take action
The husband of a woman who was the victim of a carjacking in south Minneapolis the last week of May is speaking out and urging state lawmakers to create tougher penalties for carjacking.
The man told 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS that he and his entire family were terrified by the incident because the suspects pointed a gun at his 6-year-old daughter and 6-year-old niece.
The husband said his wife tried to stop the car thieves because there were children involved.
“Having this happen on a Sunday at 11 a.m. with children in the car is obscene. It’s unreal,” the husband said. “And these people are vicious. They have no respect for human life.
KSTP agreed to shield the husband’s identity because he fears reprisals against his family, but he said he wanted to raise awareness of the issue and urged people to get involved and let lawmakers know. of the state that they wanted a crime bill passed by the legislature to increase penalties. for carjacking convictions.
“At the moment, there is no separate penalty for carjackings as a stand-alone crime,” the husband said. “So what this bill is trying to do is make carjacking a specific crime with a minimum sentence, so it’s a deterrent – the first step.”
Ramsey County Sheriff Bob Fletcher said the crime bill that sits in the state Senate would result in a mandatory minimum sentence for carjacking of two to six years in prison and that he also adds resources to combat the problem.
“On the Senate side, there’s a bill that calls for a $3 million anti-carjacking team working in the seven county area,” Fletcher said. “And that would have a direct impact. The money would be available now and would have a direct impact on the problems we see.