911 calls released in La Grange abduction, robbery

How to protect yourself in a parking lot
Published: Mar. 15, 2016 at 10:30 PM EDT|Updated: Apr. 29, 2016 at 10:59 PM EDT
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A man tried to accost a woman outside this Planet Fitness in the early morning hours of March...
A man tried to accost a woman outside this Planet Fitness in the early morning hours of March 10. (Source: Connie Leonard/WAVE 3 News)

LOUISVILLE, KY - Chilling 911 calls made moments after a man held two women at gunpoint have been released.

"There's a man that just jumped in my truck and put a gun to my head," said one caller who police said was robbed and kidnapped Thursday.

The alleged victim said she was in the Walmart parking lot in La Grange when the gunman forced her to get him cash from the ATM.

"He said, 'I'm not going to hurt you but I need you to go to an ATM. That's what we're going to do. Don't try anything funny,' And he had a gun pointed at me the whole time," the woman said to the operator.

La Grange police said that was Patrick Moore's second attempt to kidnap and rob a woman. The first woman was watching fitness videos on YouTube in a Planet Fitness parking lot, planning her workout earlier that same day.

"I thought he looked kind of suspicious, so I locked my doors," that caller said.

The first time the suspect was unsuccessful because the victim had her doors locked and was able to drive away. Security expert Greg Gitschier
said that type of situational awareness is key in protecting yourself.

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"You could be in the nicest neighborhood or the roughest neighborhood," Gitschier said. "It could happen to anyone."

Gitschier ran through a few scenarios in a downtown parking lot.

If someone jumps in your car and you start heading to an ATM, Gitschier said withdrawing money to escape might be your only option. But once you get to the ATM, you can make moves to help identify the suspect, like maneuvering your body so security cameras can get a shot of the gunman.

"These ATMs all have cameras, something to think about," Gitschier said.

But if you think the robber is going to capture you, you must fight.

"Once he ties you or duct tapes you up, the chances of the police finding you are reduced drastically," Gitschier said, adding that at that point, taking chances becomes increasingly important. Even crashing your car is an option, he said.

"Hopefully you're wearing your seat belt, and he isn't," Gitschier said. "You can use that to your advantage."

He also advises to set off your car alarm if you are about to get attacked in a parking lot to draw as much attention to yourself as possible.

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