San Antonio, TX – A carjacker was found dead inside the demolished vehicle he allegedly stole after brutally beating a 72-year-old great-grandmother last week.
Shirlene Hernandez said she made her daily stop at the Shell gas station at I-35 and Southcross on April 12 to pick up a Diet Coke when a man attacked her while she was walking into the store from her car, KABB reported.
The suspect repeatedly punched Hernandez in the face as he ripped her keys from her hands, she later told the news outlet.
Three good Samaritans tried to tackle the carjacker to the ground, but he was able to fight them off and fled the scene in Hernandez’s vehicle, KABB reported.
Police soon found her totaled vehicle on I-35 at Somerset.
The suspect was dead inside.
Hernandez’s face was still badly bruised and discolored when she spoke with reporters about the attack.
“There’s a lot of people who would say what goes around comes around – karma,” Hernandez told KABB. “I did not think that. I got really sad because he had died. Now granted, he had hurt me, but the Lord saw fit to take him out of his misery.”
She said she hopes her story inspires others to take action if they see someone in need of help, just like the good Samaritans who tried to help her during the carjacking.
“I just hope that if this situation happens to anybody else, that somebody will step forward, leap forward, run forward, whatever and help the person that it’s happening to,” Hernandez explained.
The great-grandmother still works at a job on the northeast side of town, which is a considerable distance from the home she shares with her husband on the southwest side, KABB reported.
“I realized – I don’t have a car,” she said. “I just don’t want to quit working and so I’ve got to somehow get another car and that takes money and stuff. I’ve got to figure out what to do.”
Hernandez’s granddaughter, Helen Garcia, started a fundraising page in the hopes of helping her hard-working grandma to purchase a new car so she can continue to drive to her job and appointments.
Garcia hoped to raise $5,000, but generous donors have contributed over $15,500 to the effort so far.
She said her family is “so thankful and in awe for the outpouring of support” they have received in the wake of the attack.
“I don’t know how to properly say thank you to everyone,” Garcia wrote on the fundraising page.