A WTTG producer was the victim of a carjacking after arriving for work Wednesday morning at the Washington, D.C. Fox owned station.
The station said Montgomery County Police are searching for a suspect. The WTTG employee was unhurt in the carjacking.
At around 12:11 a.m., the suspect approached the victim, displayed a handgun and forced open the employee’s door, according to police. The suspect began shouting at her to get out of her 2018 Hyundai Tucson. He then took her car and her wallet.
According to the victim, the suspect spent $80 on her bank account at a gas station in D.C. at some point after the incident.
“It feels surreal. Being behind the scenes and as you know, we report these stories, but you just never think it would happen to you. I’m still in shock. I’m still in shock,” said the employee. “Unfortunately our world has become where we can’t let our guard down anymore. Even when you think you’re in a safe place, you’re not so unfortunately we have to be vigilant 24/7 because you just never know.”
“The safety of our employees is always our first priority, and we are in constant communication with the MCPD about the incident, safety in the area and other steps that may be taken,” WTTG svp and gm Patrick Paolini said in a statement.
Below is the station’s story, where you can hear an off camera interview with the victim:
Correction: In an earlier version we said she was a nightside producer. She is a morning producer.