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Woman with toddler robbed at gunpoint in broad-daylight outside Apex Target, police say

APEX, N.C. (WNCN) - Apex police are looking for a man wanted in connection with a broad-daylight armed robbery outside the Target in the Beaver Creek Shopping Center on Wednesday morning.

According to police, officers responded to a report of an armed robbery at the Target around 10:10 a.m.

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The victim told police she was parked between the Target and Lowe’s when a man approached her with a handgun and demanded her keys and wallet.

According to Apex Police Department Capt. Mitch McKinney, the woman "had a toddler with her and was putting the toddler in the back seat of the vehicle” when the robbery and carjacking occurred.

The woman complied and the suspect left with her vehicle, police said. The woman and child were not injured, police said.

Her vehicle is a mocha-colored 2010 Chevrolet Equinox. The license plate begins with the letters "AHW."

Investigators say they haven’t identified the man seen in the surveillance pictures. They aren’t sure if he’s still in the area.

“We do think this is an isolated, random event. Even though she is an Apex resident, this is not something that traditionally happens in Apex,” said Apex Police Capt. Mitch McKinney. “We are concerned because these incidents always interfere with your sense of safety and protection.”

As shoppers learned of the incident, some said they take steps to try to ensure their safety.

“I always watch my surroundings. I always make sure my kids are right where I can see them. My purse, if I’m not wearing it like this, I have it strapped in the cart. You can just never be too careful,” said Kerri Pait, who lives in Apex.

Apex police said that you should always be aware of your surroundings, park in main parking lots near the door, and if you see something suspicious to call their non-emergency number at (919) 362-8661.

If you have any information about the robbery, contact Detective Steve Russell at (919) 362-8661.

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