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Man safely gets daughter out of car before carjackers take Prius, personal belongings

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MADISON, Wis. - An Edgerton man was able to safely get his 3-year-old daughter out of their car before two carjackers left with it and his personal belongings Wednesday around 5:52 p.m., police said.

According to an incident report, the 34-year-old father picked up his daughter Wednesday afternoon from La Petite Academy on the west side and strapped her into her car seat. Before the man could leave, two masked men pulled open both front doors of his Toyota Prius.

The man on the driver's side pointed a handgun from 1 or 2 feet away at the father's head. Police said the man with the gun demanded the victim get out of the car. After doing so, police said the gunman went through the victim's pockets and took his wallet.

The father was able to get his daughter out of the car before the two carjackers took his Prius.

Madison police offers swarmed the area and recovered the car in the 7500 block of Tree Lane.

The incident report said the car was found with music playing and its front doors left open.

The two robbers had left with the victim's wallet and electronics, including his work laptop.

The two carjackers are black males, between 5 feet 8 inches and 6 feet tall. They were both last seen wearing black masks and black clothing.

La Petite Academy spokeswoman Lydia Cisaruk said the daycare staff had the children and families who were still at the school shelter in place until police arrived and could ensure a safe departure.

"Nothing is more important to us than the safety and security of our children, staff and school families," Cisaruk said in a statement Thursday afternoon.



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