LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - A woman and her two children were carjacked on Saturday in Pleasure Ridge Park, police said Sunday. The horrific carjacking left a mother panicked and her kids terrified.
Around 7 p.m., LMPD officers were called to a business where a man reported his truck as stolen.
The man said he went inside a restaurant, leaving his wife and two children inside the family’s truck. While he was inside, three armed men approached the car, allegedly threatened to shoot the children and ordered the family out of the vehicle.
Surveillance video showed the brazen carjacking outside the restaurant. The family waited inside the truck before being scared for their lives.
The footage shows the woman and children exiting the vehicle, and the suspects, two of which were identified as Cornillas Miles, 18, and Bradley Tayler Jr., 18, peeling out of the parking lot off of Greenwood Road just before 7 p.m. Saturday.
After having her children put in harms way and her husband allegedly dragged down the road, the mother took to Facebook--posting in a community group about the encounter to warn others. Over 7,000 shares and nearly 300 comments followed, detailing an incredible chain of events.
One woman, who did not want to reveal her identity because one suspect is still on the loose, saw the post and tagged her daughter in it to warn her. What happened next, she said, was purely chance.
“On my way home from work I had gotten a notification someone made a comment and said hey, I think one of the suspect is in the parking lot of the post office,” the daughter said.
She was already heading that way, so she drove by and saw a guy who looked familiar.
“There he is, I mean it was so distinctive. I mean, the red shoes, the black jacket with the white strings...” the daughter said.
So she followed his car when he pulled out and called the police--all while trying to get the cars license plate.
“How much more obvious can you be?” she said. “Somebody’s got to stop these people. Kids were involved, supposedly a gun was involved...”
The original commenter who alerted that the suspects were at the post office was also following them--and they noticed.
She got a video of four people scattering--and drove off to flag down the nearest cop.
She credits the post for the capture of two of the three suspects.
“There’s no way without that that any of this would have been possible,” she said.
The family’s truck was located early Sunday parked at Upper Hunters and Marian, about five minutes away, according to the LMPD.
Miles and Tayler captured a shot time later. Both were booked into Louisville Metro Department of Corrections and charged with robbery and receiving stolen property
The third suspect, a 15-year-old juvenile, is still on the loose. Anyone with any information is asked to call (502) 574-LMPD.