A Vancouver woman, who was the victim of a car-jacking on Friday morning, is said to be safe and unharmed after being held hostage for more than an hour by a suspected shoplifter.

Just before 11:30 a.m., security guards were wrestling with a shoplifting suspect at the Hudson's Bay Company near Dunsmuir and Seymour, in the city's downtown core. The suspect, a Native man with a medium build, broke free and ran away.

That's when police say he confronted a woman in a nearby car, got in with her and drove away.

They were last seen driving down Richards Street.

The woman called the authorities just after 1:00 p.m., after she was able to drive herself home.

Police aren't saying where the man got out of the car, or whether he was driving.

The suspect is still on the loose. He is described as a five-foot-ten Native man with a medium build. Anyone with information is asked to call 911 or Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-8477.