ELYRIA, Ohio - A 22-year-old woman told Elyria police a man choked her and threatened to kill her as she left work Tuesday afternoon.
Police are still searching for the suspect - and the stolen Ford Escort he got away with.
The woman works at Best Buy in Midway Mall and was walking to her car in broad daylight at 4:20 Tuesday afternoon.
The woman was talking on her cell phone and got into her 1998 teal Ford Escort, with license plate number ELV 1496.
That's when a man opened her car door, which was unlocked, and said, "You better give me your money or you'll be dead."
The victim said the man was halfway in the car choking her with one hand and starting the car by turning the keys in the ignition with his other hand.
The woman said she told him that he should take her purse in the trunk.
When the man went to the trunk, the woman took off running and called for help.
The attacker then stole her car and drove away.
In another twist to the story, the victim told police she was on FaceTime with her boyfriend, who witnessed part of the attack, heard her screaming and caught a partial glimpse of the attacker's face.
The victim's stolen Escort also has a dent in the front driver's side rim.
Elyria Police said the victim described the man as being in his late 40s or early 50s, wearing a gray hunting-style coat, dark colored jeans and a dark colored beanie cap and might have been wearing gloves.
Police said not to talk on your phone and pay attention to your surroundings in mall parking lots.
Police also said not to shop alone so you can walk to your car with others. Park in a well-lit area, make note of where you parked and have your keys ready.
The victim told police she was dizzy from being choked but refused medical attention.