A Washington, D.C. grandmother on her way to chemotherapy treatment was reportedly accosted by a 15-year-old boy armed with a gun who demanded the keys to her car. As she struggled with him, she called for help, prompting neighbors to assail the teenager so much that he left the scene in an ambulance.
The incident reportedly occurred in the 22nd Street Southeast neighborhood of the nation’s capital.
“Next thing I know, he walked up talking about, ‘Give me your keys. I got a gun,’” the unnamed grandmother said. “I said, ‘Baby, you better shoot me, because you’re not taking my car.’”
“He pushed me to the door and I got up and I grabbed him and was hitting his a**, and hitting him and fighting him and I said, ‘You not going to take my car, youngin’,” the unnamed grandmother continued.
The grandmother showed 7News the scar she received from the teenager trying to seize her keys. The woman’s age is not specified in the report.
When she cried for help, she recalled, neighbors came. “They all came out to help me,” she said. The suspect ran across the street but was caught by the neighbors, who pummeled him.
“They caught him and I said, ‘oh, you going to jail today. You definitely going to jail, yes you are,’” the grandmother said.
“And they said it’s a wonder he wasn’t dead,” she declared. “On 22nd Street? He must didn’t know where he was. Nobody has seen this boy before.”
NBC4 reported in late January that children as young as 13 years old had been named as suspects in Washington, D.C., carjackings and that police think those kinds of crimes soared during the pandemic. Between June 2020 and the end of January 2023, an average of roughly 40 carjackings per month have been committed.
The Metropolitan Police Department stated there had been 41 carjackings through late January in Washington, D.C. Among them were carjackings committed by a 16-year-old and a 13-year-old. ‘They’re very young,” Sgt. Valkyrie Barnes stated.
“We saw a drastic, just, drop and closure of, you know, Department of Parks and Recs, their sports programs, schools went virtual. You know, … legal guardians are trying to do their best to provide some level of supervision while also trying to make ends meet,” Barnes added.