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Sioux Falls woman wants man who allegedly carjacked her to seek help

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It was a night most of us couldn't forget but one which a Sioux Falls woman doesn't remember.

She was out with friends last night, when they stopped at a gas station and a man came up to their car, then ordered everyone out.

They all got out but her.

A man charged with drunk driving crashed his car at 26th and Minnesota Sunday night.

Then he found another car at a nearby gas station. The car's owner was inside the store. He ordered the woman's boyfriend out of the car but she was in the back seat and at the mercy of the carjacker.

Leslie Larsen's injuries serve as a reminder of what happened to her Sunday night.

"I remember being in the car alone. I don't even remember what the guy looked like anymore. I don't. I just remember somebody got in the car, and I remember he just started hitting me, that's all I remember," Larsen said.

It was a night Leslie may not remember but one her friend, Travis Hermanson, would probably like to forget.

"I'm a little nervous. It's a little crazy. It happened so fast. I still can't believe my car got stolen with somebody in it, like I said, I was in a minute, that's all it takes," Hermanson said.

Police say 36-year-old Jeremy Albers is charged with two dozen counts for allegedly carjacking Travis' car with Leslie still in the back seat.

Sioux Falls Police Officer Sam Clemens said "the way these things happen, especially this incident, there's so many things in that short amount of time, when it happens, it's going to happen fast."

"In this aspect, its not any different from an armed robbery, do what the people say and do what you can to protect yourself so you won't become injured," Clemens added.

Unfortunately, Leslie didn't have a chance.

"I don't even know what his name is or who he is. I don't even remember what he looks like that's how much my head got hit tonight. I don't remember, but I should be dead," Larsen said.

Surpassingly, Leslie doesn't have a lot of resentment for the man who left her bloodied and beaten.

"What you did, wasn't ok, but I forgive you and get help, that's all I would say," Larsen said.

Leslie is just one of Albers alleged victims. Her friend's car received about $3,000 worth of damage. Albers also hit a car in the Vern Eide lot, not to mention a pick up truck he hit with his own car.

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