Thieves get away with car and wedding dress in violent carjacking
OAKLAND, Calif. (KGO) — A violent robbery and carjacking was caught on camera in California.
The attack happened in Oakland in late March. The victim is thankfully fine, but very upset about what the thieves took.
The woman, who only wanted to be identified as Ms. Yu, says standing up for safety is practically part of her DNA.
“I’ve been volunteering in Chinatown in Oakland since high school,” she said. “A lot of things we promote include safety.”
Yu’s dedication to safety makes what happened to him on March 27 even more terrifying.
After parking and seeing that no one was there, Yu said she walked to the passenger side of her car to get her purse.
That’s when she noticed something was wrong.
“I immediately closed the door and turned around and four or five guys approached me,” she said. “I immediately started running.”
Surveillance video from a nearby business shows a suspect catching up with her.
Yu said at least one person in the group had a gun.
“A guy grabbed my arms,” she said. “He took my keys from my hands and pushed me to the ground, and I hit my head.”
Within seconds, his black Honda Civic was gone.
“At that moment, I was very scared and had no time to react,” she said.
While Yu’s physical injuries were not serious, her heart was broken by the things she had lost that were inside the chest.
“Of all, the wedding dress is the one that saddened me the most,” she said. “Because it doesn’t belong to me.”
Just a day before the carjacking, Yu retrieved her best friend’s dream wedding dress that they had searched for months to find.
“It was really beautiful,” Yu said. “The perfect dress for her. The moment she tried it on we all said “this is the one”.
Yu planned to store it at her house until her friend’s fall wedding, which had already been postponed due to the pandemic.
“She was like ‘Are you kidding? “Yu said.
As Yu takes time off from work to mentally heal, she speaks out on behalf of the community she calls home.
“Within the Asian community, a lot of people are afraid of reporting and being on the news,” she said. “A bit like giving courage to others.”
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