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Gunman swipes car after woman clears off snow

Norman Miller

A carjacker yesterday pressed a handgun to a woman's cheek while she was holding her toddler before stealing the woman's car, police said.

As of late afternoon, police did not have a suspect in the 7 a.m. robbery at 12 Hayes St. The victim was frightened but uninjured, police said.

The woman, whom police did not name, told police she went out of her apartment to clean the snow off her 1999 Honda Civic and let it warm up, Detective Duarte Calvao said.

While her car was running, she said she went inside to get her 16-month-old daughter to drive her to day care.

``When she came out and she saw a male opening her car door,'' said Calvao. ``She asked him what he was doing and he said, `I'm stealing your car.' ''

``He took a black handgun out and put it to her cheek'' and swore at her, the detective said. ``Upon seeing the handgun, she ran back into the house and called police.''

The woman described the suspect as Hispanic, 25 to 30 years old, 5-feet 10-inches tall, thin, with some facial hair, wearing jeans and a black jacket with a hood.

The vehicle is a gray, four-door Honda Civic with the Massachusetts plate 89FD37.

The robbery should serve as a reminder never to leave a vehicle unattended while running, police spokesman Lt. Paul Shastany said.

``We see a rash of stolen cars because of this,'' he said.

Calvao agreed, saying, ``The thing that first brought this guy to the car was that it was running. He was probably watching her.''

If anyone has information about the incident or sees the car they are asked to call the Framingham Police Department at 508-872-1212.

Norman Miller can be reached at 508-626-3823 or at nmiller@cnc.com.

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