Judea and Samaria police were on Wednesday hunting for a Palestinian man suspected of disguising himself as a settler and attempting to carjack an Israeli woman as she drove in the West Bank with her baby in the back seat.
"We received a complaint by a female resident of [the settlement of] Ma'ale Levona," police confirmed in a statement.
"As she drove in her vehicle, she noticed a man with a backpack and a kippah who was hitchhiking. She pulled over to give him a ride," the statement continued.
After he entered her vehicle, the woman realized that the suspect had disguised himself, police said. "She was then sprayed with tear gas by the suspect, who sought to steal the vehicle," police added.
The woman removed the keys from the ignition and told the suspect she would leave the vehicle with her baby. After he consented, she walked away from the vehicle with her baby.
"The suspect tried to start the car but failed. He then escaped on foot," police said.
Large numbers of police converged on the scene and have launched a manhunt for the suspect.