Grandmother carjacked at gunpoint in Farmington mall

Meg Hilling
October 04, 2017 07:15 PM

FARMINGTON, N.M. -- For quite some time, New Mexico has struggled with an ongoing battle against crime. One grandmother in the Four Corners found out earlier this week that no corner of the state is immune.


"I didn't think that anything like this could happen in broad daylight, at a mall especially," Sharon Marquez said.

Waiting for her granddaughters to return some clothes in the Animas Valley Mall Monday, Marquez was carjacked at gunpoint.

"The guy approached my window, told me to get out of the car. I turned and looked at him and I said 'What?' And then he pulled out his gun and said, "I said to get out of the car," and used some other bad words," Marquez said. "I was trying to grab my phone and my purse. He said, 'Leave every freaking thing and get out. Don't look back at me because I will shoot.'"

Getting out her car, Marquez ran across the parking lot, flagged down a UPS driver and called the police.

"They were asking me what he was wearing, if I could describe him, and all I could describe was that he was Native American or Hispanic," she said. "Couldn't see his eyes because he had really dark sunglasses, had half of his face covered up, so I wasn't even able to see his mouth."

"It could have been worse. He could have taken her life,” added Marquez’s granddaughter, Mercedes Ugarte.

Marquez and her granddaughter say they both realize now that crime can happen anywhere at any time. But by sharing their story, they say they hope to make other in the community aware so their experience doesn’t happen to anyone else.

"I'm sure they run in, do a quick errand, leave even their kids out in the car for a quick minute. This could of happen to them," Marquez said.


Meg Hilling

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