GREEN BAY – Two suspects have been taken into custody after an armed carjacking in the parking lot at HSHS St. Mary’s Hospital Medical Center, 1726 Shawano Ave., according to the Green Bay Police Department.
Police were called to the scene at around 11:40 p.m. Thursday after a hospital employee reported being hit in the head with a handgun and having her car stolen by two people.
Authorities tracked the stolen car, a 2018 Chevrolet Cruze, to a house about a mile from the hospital in the 400 block of Scott Drive. They found the car empty.
Later, deputies from the Brown County Sheriff’s Office found the suspects walking on South Taylor Street near Western Avenue, near where the car was left. The two suspects were taken into custody, police said, and officers found a nearby bag holding an imitation metal firearm that may have been used in the carjacking.
The suspects face possible charges relating to car theft, battery and resisting an officer.
In response to an interview request from the Green Bay Press-Gazette, the hospital said it does not comment on police investigations but released a statement: “The health and safety of all who come through our doors are our top priority, especially our colleagues and providers who go above and beyond to care for our patients every day.”
A Milwaukee Journal Sentinel investigative report published in 2020 found that hospitals nationwide had lax security in parking garages and lots, leaving employees vulnerable to assaults including other incidents of armed carjackings.
It’s unclear whether the attack late Thursday at St. Mary’s occurred in a well-lighted and visible area.
Green Bay Police ask that anyone with information about this incident call 920-448-3200 and reference case No. 22-249455. Anonymous tips can be submitted through Crime Stoppers at 920-432-STOP, www.432stop.com, or the P3 app.
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