LOUISVILLE (WHAS11) -- A real-life Grinch stealing cash and cars, and is using a gun to do it all.
Metro Police want you to pay particular attention after a pair of holdups along Broadway.
“This guy approached somebody, held them at gunpoint, got in their car and forced them to drive him to an ATM and withdraw their money,” said LMPD spokesman Lamont Washington.
It’s happened under the cover of night along 28th Street, and in the middle of the day along 18th, both robberies in broad daylight on busy streets along Broadway.
“There’s no rhyme or reason to this,” said Washington. “We don’t think it has anything to do with the holidays he just decided to commit his crimes in December.”
The frequency of the robberies has frightened people like Hezzy Jewel Sr.
“When this guy did it once it accelerated his adrenaline, confidence, and his courage and he’s done it again,” said Jewel. “What happens when he runs into someone a little more resistant?”
“Criminals are opportunist,” said Washington. “Go that extra step to make it difficult. When you’re parking a car, park in a well lit area. Try not to hangout in your car longer than you need to.”
Jewel says he’s trying to take LMPD’s warnings seriously since he lives near this bank at 34th & Broadway where the thief stole cash, and a car.
“At any moment it could be me,” said Jewel. “I could have been sitting here on my phone, and what am I going to do? I’m going to roll over there, and my danger is I ain’t got nothing in there so he might shoot me anyway.”
“The faster we have this guy identified and off the streets everybody on that Broadway corridor can breathe a sigh of relief,” said Washington.
“I’ve seen a lot in this city for a number of years,” said Jewel. “I’m praying that nobody gets killed.”
The man is described as a black male, with a fade haircut, wearing a black zip-up jacket. This suspect was last seen in a victim's 1998 Green Buick Lesabre with a Kentucky license plate 040VZS.
Police consider him armed and dangerous.
If you have any tips you're being asked to call 574-LMPD.