Tempe carjacking victim says man posed as security guard

TEMPE, AZ - The victim of an armed carjacking speaks out a week after police say 44-year-old Edmund Powers stole her car in the Tempe Marketplace parking lot.

That was just the start of a crime spree across the east Valley.

It ended with a car chase and the suspect jumping 60 feet below as he tried to escape police.

18-year-old Kelsy Allen says the man approached her in the parking lot claiming to be an undercover security guard-- and she knew something was wrong.

Her story and 911 tapes from that night reveal how it all unfolded.

Allen says she was waiting in her car for her boyfriend to get off work from Men's Wearhouse when a man approached her car.

"He was like, 'hey can I ask you some questions, I'm undercover security,' and I said 'sure,' not really thinking anything of it," she said.

But then he asked her to step out of the car and she noticed him clutching something in his hand. It turned out to be a stun gun.

"The fact that I didn't know what was in his hand. It could've been a gun, it could've been anything. So I was in fear for my life at that point," Allen said.

So she got out of the car.

"My boyfriend ran over and tried to get him out of the car, but he said he'd tase us," she said.

At the same time, a witness frantically called police from inside Men's Wearhouse.

"I'm at Men's Wearhouse in Tempe Marketplace and one of my employee's girlfriends was picking up him from work and a guy comes to her door, opens the car and stole it," she told the 911 operator.

It happened so fast-- leaving Allen in shock.

"It was scary. I didn't know what was going to happen, if the police could get him quick. Or if I was ever going to see my car again," she said.

A few hours later, police say Powers robbed an adult store in Mesa. Surveillance video also shows him gassing up Allen's car with her debit card, according to police.

When police tracked Powers down he led them on a chase.

Allen's just glad no one else was hurt.

"Every time I go out, I'm like watching everything now. And yeah, definitely changes your life after it happens," she said.

Police say the suspect is still in the hospital with severe injuries.

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