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Police release surveillance pictures from Oak Park Mall carjacking

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Becky Bieker, owner of She's a Pistol, says there are a few things women can keep on hand to stay safe. Becky Bieker, owner of She's a Pistol, says there are a few things women can keep on hand to stay safe.
Police released these surveillance images showing moments after a carjacking at Oak Park Mall. Police released these surveillance images showing moments after a carjacking at Oak Park Mall.
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OVERLAND PARK, KS (KCTV) -

The man police say carjacked a woman at a popular mall this past weekend was caught on camera.

Police are still looking for the man who carjacked a woman at gunpoint in the JC Penney parking lot at Oak Park Mall near West 95th Street and Quivira Road Friday just before 8 p.m. Police have now released surveillance photos of the moments following that frightening encounter.

In the photos, the silver car belongs to a 28-year-old Raymore, MO, woman who, just a few minutes earlier, was approached by a man in the mall parking lot and carjacked at gunpoint. Driving the victim's silver car is the carjacker, behind him in the black car is his accomplice. Police hope the photos help lead them to the man behind the wheel.

While police continue to search for him, some woman are looking for new ways to protect themselves.

The owner of Shawnee gun shop says there are a few things women can keep on hand to stay safe.

Those items include a stun gun smaller than a cell phone, mace pepper spray that fits on a key chain and a weapon in the shape of a cat that women can wear on their hand.

“This is a personal alarm so it fits really easily on a key chain," said Becky Bieker, owner of She's a Pistol.

The carjacking remains something that is top of mind for shoppers.

"I think especially being a girl, I'm more aware of being by myself at night. I try to have some pepper spray on me that my dad gave me for my key chain," shopper Ellen Leinwetter said.

Bieker says there are some simple ways women can be more aware of their surroundings.

"Making sure when you walk out from a store that you don't have both hands tied up with shopping bags. You have at least one hand free to defend yourself or possibly get out your cell phone to call for help," Bieker said.

She also recommends that people park in well-lit areas and walk in pairs or more if possible.

But it is important to note, they say, people should immediately give their keys up if they find themselves in a scary situation.

"Ultimately, if someone truly decides they want you or your car, there is no way you can completely stop them. But you can reduce that likelihood. So if they've decided it is you or your car, you have to have a way to defend yourself," Bieker said.

She's a Pistol has even started offering a free carjacking safety class. Click here for more information.

Oak Park Mall says it has security guard stationed inside and outside of the mall 24 hours a day.

Anyone who might have witnessed the robbery is encouraged to call Overland Park police at 913-895-6300. Anyone with information on the suspect is encouraged to call the TIPS Hotline at 816-474-TIPS.

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