Publix carjacking suspect arrested

Amber Rae Arnesen booking photo

PORT RICHEY, Fla. (WFLA) — Pasco County Sheriff’s investigators have arrested the woman they say carjacked an elderly lady in a Publix parking lot. Amber Arnesen, 26, wanted for carjacking and strong armed robbery, was located and arrested in Largo early Friday morning.

The carjacking happened Thursday at 10 a.m. at the Publix on Ridge Road in Port Richey. Investigators say Arnesen approached an 83-year-old woman in the parking lot and asked if she needed help loading her groceries. The woman said no. Investigators say Arnesen then reached into the woman’s pocket, grabbed her keys and stole her Cadillac.carjacking-suspect-2

Arnesen drove to the end of the shopping plaza, picked up an unidentified man, and then drove away. The victim was not injured.

Arnesen was arrested by Largo Police in the 500 block of Belcher Road about 3:30 a.m. Friday. The stolen white 2003 Cadillac Deville was also recovered. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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