A woman was able to escape when three men tried to rob her while she was at a drive-through ATM last week. Now police are looking for those men.
Police were called to the woman's home about 10:40 p.m. Oct. 15. She told them she was at the VyStar Credit Union at 1831 Dunn Ave. on the Northside trying to make a deposit when she saw two men approach her car.
One of the men said, "Give me what you got," according to police.
The woman tried to drive away when a third man driving a tan four-door vehicle pulled in front of her to block her in, police said. They said the woman was able to get around the vehicle and leave the area unharmed.
Channel 4 crime analyst Ken Jefferson said the best protection against this type of situation is avoiding it altogether. He said using an ATM at night can make you a target because thieves attack when you're most vulnerable and distracted with your transaction.
Jefferson said if you have to visit the ATM at night, take someone with you.
"That person has to be there, not as a passenger, but as a lookout for anybody coming up, other than a car coming up behind you waiting to use the machine," Jefferson said. "But have that person be a lookout to see if that person is being approached by anyone in any direction."
The victim in this case was able to describe the man who demanded the money as heavyset and wearing all black, including a black Halloween mask that had a white face and red lips.
Anyone with any information about the man's identity or the vehicle is asked to call the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office at 904-630-0500 or Crime Stoppers at 866-845-TIPS.