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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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

Dad Clings to Stolen SUV to Save Son

They're both OK

(Newser) - A father near Atlanta who saw a car thief driving off with his 8-year-old son did the only thing he could think of—he grabbed onto the SUV as it pulled away. Malcolm Milliones clung to the vehicle for about a quarter-mile before falling off and breaking his arm, reports... More »

Cop Accused of Attacking, Carjacking Uber Driver

But Boston police veteran ends up with serious injuries

(Newser) - A veteran Boston police officer is facing charges after he allegedly assaulted an Uber driver—but the cop says he was really the victim. According to a police report, Michael Doherty, 40, a veteran of 16 years, was riding in an Uber car early Sunday when he verbally accosted the... More »

2 Men Charged for Carjacking That Killed 3 Kids

Philadelphia suspects also accused of sexually assaulting car owner

(Newser) - Two arrests have been made in the heartbreaking carjacking case that ended with the deaths of three children Friday after the suspects plowed the stolen SUV into a family selling fruit on a Philadelphia street corner. Johnathan Rosa, 19, and Cornelius Crawford, 23, were each charged with three counts of... More »

Carjackers Plow Into Crowd, Kill 3 Kids

Mother is in critical condition in Philadelphia

(Newser) - The three siblings ages 7, 10, and 15 were selling fruit to raise money for a church playground, and all were killed when carjackers lost control of an SUV in Philadelphia and plowed into pedestrians at an intersection, say police. Their mother is in critical condition, and two other people... More »

Would-Be Carjackers Should Have Learned to Drive Stick

70-year-old's devious 5-speed wins the day when kids can't drive it

(Newser) - Kids these days can't even jack an old lady's car correctly: KIRO brings us the tale of three teenage would-be carjackers in Seattle who were thwarted by a lowly manual transmission. Nancy Fredrickson, 70, was getting something out of the trunk of her Kia Saturday when three kids... More »

4 Arrested in Fatal Mall Carjacking in New Jersey

30-year-old lawyer was shot in front of his wife in parking garage

(Newser) - Police have made four arrests in a high-profile carjacking in New Jersey during which a young lawyer got fatally shot in front of his wife, reports the Daily News . The four men were picked up overnight and charged with murdering Dustin Friedland, 30, in a parking garage of the Mall... More »

Cal Ripken Jr.'s Mom Cannot Catch a Break

Vi Ripken fends off carjacker a year after being abducted

(Newser) - Cal Ripken Jr.'s mom is apparently a magnet for bizarre crimes. Last year she was abducted at gunpoint and later found safe, and yesterday, someone tried to steal her car. Vi Ripken was outside a bank when the gun-toting would-be carjacker approached her and stated his intentions, the... More »

Man Hijacks Ambulance —With Patient Inside

No one hurt in bizarre incident

(Newser) - Let's say traffic is backed up on the highway, and you're a gun-toting would-be carjacker in a hurry. What car do you grab? If you're a quick thinker like Brian Timothy Kada Jr., you carjack an ambulance and make everyone get out of your way. That's... More »

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