Washington, DC – A neighborhood grandmother refused to become a victim and successfully fended off a 15-year-old carjacker while on her way to chemotherapy treatment earlier this month.
By the time the woman known locally in her 22nd Street Southeast neighborhood as “Grandma” was finished with him, the teen was the one who was headed to the hospital in an ambulance, WJLA reported.
The DC Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) said the incident occurred at approximately 8:30 a.m. on Feb. 17, according to FOX News.
The woman – who identified herself to WJLA only as “Grandma” – said she was about to drive to her cancer treatment appointment when a teen she did not know suddenly jumped into her car and demanded her keys.
“Next thing I know, he walked up talking about, ‘give me your keys, I got a gun,’” she told the news outlet. “I said, ‘baby, you better shoot me, because you’re not taking my car today.’”
Police said the woman yelled for help and tried to yank the boy out of her vehicle, FOX News reported.
“He pushed me to the door and I got up and I grabbed him and was hitting his -ss, and hitting him and fighting him and I said, ‘you not going to take my car, youngin’,’’’ she recounted to WJLA.
When the woman’s neighbors came running to help her, the carjacker took off running across the street.
But he didn’t get far.
“They caught him and I said, ‘oh, you going to jail today. You definitely going to jail, yes you are,” the would-be victim told WJLA.
The woman suffered a cut to her left hand from where the suspect snatched her keys away from her, but was otherwise uninjured.
The suspect was transported to the hospital by ambulance, WJLA reported.
Details regarding his injuries were not immediately released.
Police said the suspect was carrying a replica firearm at the time of the incident, FOX News reported.
The victim said police told her the teen was subsequently placed in a lockup facility.
It is unclear what charges he may be facing.
“They said it’s a wonder he wasn’t dead,” she told WJLA. “On 22nd Street? He must didn’t know where he was. Nobody has seen this boy before.”
According to MPD records, the city has witnessed at least 82 carjackings so far this year, but arrests have been made in only 14 of those cases, WJLA reported.
Because the teen who tried to rob “Grandma” was unsuccessful, that incident will not be included in the carjacking statistics.
It is unclear how many attempted carjackings have occurred since Jan. 1.