Edmonton police have released a sketch of the suspect involved in a carjacking west of downtown Thursday night.

A woman was leaving Original Joe's Restaurant at 125th Street and 102nd Avenue at around 6:20 p.m. when a man with a handgun approached her in the parking lot and demanded she hand over the keys to her vehicle.

After she complied, the man jumped in the car and drove away.

Dale Au, a managing partner of the restaurant, said he was working at the time, but saw nothing.

"(It was a) little bit scary for staff when they heard about it," he said. "Scary for myself as well."

Police say the woman, who was not hurt, did the right thing by giving the suspect her keys.

"This is a very serious crime and she made sure that she was safe, first and foremost" said West Division Sgt. Aubrey Zalaski in a news release on Friday.

After police arrived, they canvassed the area and discovered the vehicle a short time later just eight blocks away near 118th Street and 103rd Avenue.

Police are still looking for the suspect described as 5' 8" with a darker complexion, pock-marked face and wearing a beige fisherman's hat.

With files from CBC's Lydia Neufeld