Police say attempted carjacking may have been an ambush

Police say attempted carjacking may have been an ambush

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SALT LAKE CITY - What appeared to be a random carjacking attempt may have been an ambush. Detective Dennis McGowan, with the Salt Lake City Police Department, said a woman and her 15-year-old son pulled a Lincoln Navigator up to the workforce services parking garage near 700 South and 200 East Monday afternoon when they encountered a larger maroon sedan backing out.

At that point, the woman told police she heard somebody yell something at her and then six men and a woman surrounded her car. McGowan said the suspects punched and kicked the car's windows, and tried to open the car door. The woman said she was able to pull the door shut, back out and speed off.

"From a police perspective--reviewing the report and investigating it-- we feel it's not a random act," McGowan said. "We feel that, in fact, it's somehow a case of mistaken identity."

The woman said the SUV wasn't hers, it belonged to a relative. She also told police she wasn't sure if her son knew the attackers.

Investigators are reviewing the case, and the building management is going over surveillance tape to see if it yields any clues.

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