“The next thing I knew, guy was approaching and threatening to take my keys and shoot me. You better shoot me, sweetie, because you’re not getting my car.
While she refuses to appear on camera, her 22nd Street Southeast neighborhood refers to her as “Grandma.” A 15-year-old kid attempted to carjack her Friday while she was driving to chemotherapy, according to MPD.
According to MPD statistics, there have been 82 carjackings this year so far, with just 14 arrests. A significant portion of the Wednesday virtual council hearing dealt with juvenile carjacking. Brian Schwalb, the attorney general, and Lindsey Appiah, the new deputy mayor for public safety, also spoke. Appiah appeared to blame juvenile prosecutors and courts for sending fewer offenders to prison for offenses.
“[We’ve seen] increases in categories like carjacking and otherwise, but we have not seen a corresponding increase in commitment.”
“Is it finger pointing to say you all should have committed more juveniles who are breaking the law?” Councilmember Zachary Parker asked during the meeting.
“He pushed me to the door and I got up and I grabbed him and was hitting his ass, and hitting him and fighting him and I said, ‘you not going to take my car, youngin.””
Grandma said when she called for help, neighbors responded.
“They all came out to help me,” she said.
He ran across the street and that’s when they caught him.
“They caught him and I said, ‘oh, you going to jail today. You definitely going to jail, yes you are,” she said.
“And they said it’s a wonder he wasn’t dead,” she said. “On 22nd Street? He must didn’t know where he was. Nobody has seen this boy before.”
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