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Woman Crashes, Flees Police Carrying Baby

Helicopters recorded the insane chase

(Newser) - Video shot from a helicopter shows a woman leading Texas troopers on a high-speed chase and crashing into a pickup, then taking off on foot while holding a baby in a carrier. The Texas Department of Public Safety released the video Friday, per the AP . The incident happened June 15... More »

Bystander Who Stopped Carjacker Is a Pastor

47-year-old also aided victim after the attack

(Newser) - Danner Barton's quick thinking meant he escaped an armed carjacking attempt Sunday with only a bullet wound to his hand. "I ducked my head and I gunned it" as the culprit opened fire in Tumwater, Wash., leaving a bullet lodged in his steering wheel, the 16-year-old tells KING5... More »

Cops: Bystander Kills Carjacker at Walmart

A driver shot by the carjacker is hospitalized in Tumwater, Wash.

(Newser) - A violent and chaotic scene unfolded in Tumwater, Wash., late Sunday afternoon, ending when police say an armed bystander shot and killed a carjacker in a Walmart parking lot. A driver who was shot by the carjacker is in critical condition, and a 16-year-old girl suffered non-serious injuries. The details... More »

Cops: Carjacker Foiled Twice by Drivers With Guns

That was after the first vehicle he tried to steal failed to start, say police

(Newser) - Florida's Christopher Raymond Hill had a really rough Friday. First, the 36-year-old tried to flee a Jacksonville Walmart with a stolen cash register only to find the SUV he'd jumped into wouldn't start, police say. Seeing another option, he allegedly used a knife in an attempted carjacking,... More »

Video Captures 11-Year-Old Escape During Carjacking

1 suspect arrested Friday in Illinois

(Newser) - Police on the case of a carjacking in Aurora, Ill., have released footage showing a girl's quick escape from the vehicle as her father tries to intervene. Surveillance video from a BP gas station shows a man exit the passenger door of a Dodge Charger and jump into Mark... More »

Cops: Carjackers Killed Man Trying to Save Daughter, 2

He tried to get her out the car before turning keys over

(Newser) - Two Philadelphia brothers have been arrested for what police say was the utterly senseless murder of a father in front of his 2-year-old daughter. Police say the brothers approached 38-year-old Gerard Grandzol outside his residence Thursday and demanded his wallet and car keys after he returned from an outing with... More »

Woman's Car Stolen by Crash Victims She Stopped to Help

Three men sped away in her convertible with an injured woman

(Newser) - A Florida woman who stopped to help car accident victims got the surprise of her life when three men involved in the crash carjacked her convertible. WFLA News reports that the 34-year-old woman spotted the crash on an interstate near Daytona Beach. When she pulled over to assist, three young... More »

Smart Driver Foils Carjacker With His Key Fob

At one point, there was a lock-unlock duel going on with the doors

(Newser) - Authorities say a quick-thinking driver thwarted a car-jacking by a jail inmate in South Carolina, reports the AP . Arrest warrants say Ezekiel Stevenson yanked a driver from his car during a hospital visit on May 13. But the driver kept his key fob, shutting the engine down before the car... More »

3 Teens Arrested in Killing of Boy, 6

All 3 will face capital murder charge

(Newser) - Three teenagers have been arrested in the horrific slaying of a 6-year-old boy in Mississippi, and prosecutors say they plan to charge all three as adults with capital murder. Authorities say Dwan Wakefield, D'Allen Washington, and Byron McBride, all in their late teens, were taken into custody Thursday and... More »

12-Year-Old Uses Van's Safety Feature to Stop Carjacker

Maddie Weiler put van in drive, then started pummeling 21-year-old suspect

(Newser) - Maddie Weiler has been given explicit instructions from her mom and dad on what to do if anyone ever tried to abduct her. The 12-year-old from Williamsburg, Va., got to put that advice to good use on Saturday when a man tried to carjack the van she and her younger... More »

Victim's Random Search Lands Carjackers Back Behind Bars

If Brittany Guerriero hadn't checked out their status, authorities wouldn't have known

(Newser) - Two Detroit carjackers are back in prison after their victim went online and found they'd been mistakenly released, the AP reports. Local and federal authorities are pointing fingers at each other—but there's no dispute that Brittany Guerriero is the person who had to get her own justice.... More »

Video Shows Moment That Dad Saw Babies Get Carjacked

Atlanta man admits he left car running

(Newser) - As he came out of an Atlanta gas station Saturday night after paying for his fill-up, Lestor Chaney was overwhelmed with a feeling no parent ever wants to experience: complete fear, ABC News reports. Chaney tells WSB (which spells his first name "Lester") he went inside the Texaco... More »

Mom Jumps on Hood of Carjacked Car With Her Kids Inside

She had left it running while she ran into a store

(Newser) - A man suspected of carjacking a vehicle with two young children inside was arrested after he was chased by good Samaritans and crashed in Southern California, police said Monday. The kids' mother jumped onto the hood of her car when she saw it being driven away from a convenience store... More »

Mid-Carjacking, Robber Demands Bathroom Break

Then kicks victim's granny out of the room

(Newser) - A robber pulled a gun on a man in Berkeley, Calif., on Wednesday, then made off with his grandmother's car—but first, he demanded to use the guy's bathroom. Police say a resident was returning to the apartment he shares with his grandmother around 7am when a man... More »

The Carjackers Had a Gun, but She Fought Back—Hard

Scary incident was caught on video

(Newser) - An Atlanta woman's encounter with two would-be carjackers was caught on surveillance video Saturday. Jasmine Warren can be seen fighting off two armed men who tried to steal her car at a gas station, even as they hit her and one points his gun at her, 11 Alive reports.... More »

Attorneys: Murder Case of NBA Star's Father Was Botched

Daniel Green was found guilty of killing James Jordan

(Newser) - Twenty years later, the man found guilty of murdering Michael Jordan's father may get a fresh trial. Attorneys for the convicted gunman, Daniel Green, say the original trial was rife with problems that only now are coming to light, the Charlotte Observer reports. To recap, Green and Larry Demery... More »

Man Busted for Ferris Wheel Sex Shot Dead

Houston cops say Philip Panzica was killed in carjacking

(Newser) - The life of the man arrested last month for allegedly having sex on a Las Vegas Ferris wheel came to a violent end in his hometown early Saturday morning in what police say was a carjacking. Police in Houston say that after 27-year-old Philip Panzica drove away from a strip... More »

Mom With Kids in Back Seat Foils Carjackers

2 suspects fled after she fought them off

(Newser) - Just call her Supermom: A 21-year-old woman was pumping gas at a gas station in Hialeah, Fla., Monday night when two people in ski masks attempted to carjack a car at another pump. When the driver sped off, they turned to her car, say police. As the suspects tried to... More »

3-Year-Old Found Safe Hours After Carjacking

She was found with Milwaukee suspect

(Newser) - A little girl in Milwaukee is safe after what must have been the most terrifying few hours of her and her parents' lives. Aubri Degeffered, who turned 3 a few weeks ago, was in a Volvo SUV that was carjacked at around 6:50pm on Sunday, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel... More »

Guy Carjacked by Thugs, Shot by Bystander

Houston vigilante doesn't bother to hang around: police

(Newser) - Want your fellow Americans armed to the teeth? OK, but consider this: A bystander witnessing a carjacking in Houston Saturday night opened fire and missed the assailants but shot the victim in the head, police say. KHOU reports that a guy was being attacked by two men at a Valero... More »

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