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Georgia: Lithonia schoolteacher exchanges gunfire with carjackers

August 13, 2009

Dekalb County, Georgia

From the Atlanta Journal-Constitution of August 3, 2009

Lithonia schoolteacher exchanges gunfire with carjackers

A DeKalb County schoolteacher carjacked early Sunday scored a measure of revenge against his attackers — thanks in part to their poor sense of direction.

Derek Harper, 47, had just returned to his Lithonia home around 1:15 a.m. when two unidentified gunmen surprised him from behind, forcing the Evansdale Elementary teacher out of his car and onto the ground, demanding money.

“After they figured out I didn’t have any cash on me they got into my van,” he said. His narrow garage helped Harper sneak away.

“One of them was having trouble getting into the passenger’s side, so while he was doing that I took off,” said Harper, also the assistant track coach at Stephenson High.

As he ran the gunmen started firing, striking Harper once in the arm before speeding off in his van, heading directly toward a dead end on Phillips Place.

Knowing they’d be forced to turn around, Harper ran inside and grabbed his .380 pistol.

“I was waiting for them,” he said. Harper estimates he fired two to three bullets, which might have contributed to the driver crashing the van less than a block away. A small amount of blood was found inside the vehicle.

“It’s badly damaged,” said Harper, who was to have returned to work Monday following the summer break. He’s home recovering instead.

His neighborhood is “fairly quiet,” he said. “Everyone sticks together.”

While some high-profile carjackings have captured headlines in the city of Atlanta, DeKalb Police spokeswoman Mekka Parish said she has not heard of any in her jurisdiction for several months.

Regardless, Harper said he was surprised to end up a victim.

“I drive a minivan,” he said. “It’s nothing special.”

An arrest was made in the case late Monday morning. Parish said the name is being withheld due to the ongoing investigation.

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Houston Carjacker Shot by Carry Permitholder

June 12, 2009

Houston, Texas

From the June 6, 2009 Houston Chronicle:

An alleged carjacker was shot and killed in north Houston Saturday morning, police said.

At about 6:15 a.m., witnesses pulled Darryl Milton Franklin Jr., 37, out of a car that he was reportedly breaking into in the 1100 block of Langwick Drive.

As they waited for police to arrive, witnesses saw him attempt to break into other vehicles and even try to commit a carjacking, authorities said.

Franklin attacked a man who approached him. The man, who was carrying a permitted concealed weapon, shot Franklin, said Houston Police spokesman Victor Senties.

The shooting is being investigated by the District Attorney’s Office and will likely be referred to a grand jury, Senties said.

Tampa Woman Drives Off Carjacker

May 16, 2009

Tampa, Florida

From May 15, 2009 Tampa ABC affiliate:

TAMPA, FL — A Tampa woman refused to be a carjacking victim when she was approached by an armed man who jumped into her car on Thursday.

The woman, who only wants to be identified as Adrianna, pulled out her own gun. “I just leaned forward and punched him in the forehead with my gun,” she said. The man “screamed like a girl and almost dropped his gun” as he ran away, she added.

Tampa Police have arrested one suspect so far in what they see as a pattern of carjackings. A-Keem Carr was arrested on related charges, but two others are believed to be preying on motorists in the Westshore area.

Louisiana: Armed home owner helps police capture alleged car thief

January 30, 2009

Lafayette, Louisiana

From the Daily Advertiser of January 27, 2009

Armed home owner helps police capture alleged car thief

Lafayette Police officers arrested an alleged armed car thief after they say a homeowner helped capture the man.

The suspect, Joseph Noel, 25, of Lafayette, was arrested and faces charges of resisting an officer, flight from an officer, carjacking, obstruction of justice, possession of a firearm by a felon and unauthorized entry of an inhabited dwelling.

The happened Monday around 8:34 p.m. when Noel, wearing a Halloween mask, allegedly approached a victim in the 100 block of Fairway Street and took possession of his vehicle at gunpoint.

After the suspect sped from the area, the victim immediately contacted the police.

A police later spotted the vehicle near the intersection of Ambassador Caffery Parkway and Eraste Landry Road.

When the officer attempted to stop the vehicle, Noel continued to speed to elude capture.

The suspect was followed onto the 300 block of Strasburg, where the suspect lost control of his vehicle and struck a vehicle parked in a yard.

The suspect exited the vehicle and was pursued by the officer on foot.

The officer lost sight of the suspect, but received information that a black male armed with a gun had forced open the door at a residence in the 200 block of Strasburg.

The home owner observed Noel inside of the residence and immediately armed himself.

While the suspect attempted to remove clothing, the home owner was able to hold the suspect at gunpoint until police arrived.

Texas: Attempted carjacker gets shot

November 16, 2008

Edinberg, Texas

From The Monitor of November 10, 2008

Attempted carjacker gets shot

The clerk warned Alejandro Salinas about the suspicious men who had been hanging out in front of the convenience store for the past hour.

He told Salinas to be careful as he went back out to his Chevrolet Z-71 pickup truck, that he had just filled at the Aziz Convenience Store about 11 a.m. Saturday.

Salinas walked out to his truck and hopped in.

But before he could close the door, 18-year-old Hector Severo Ramos was holding a .25-caliber pistol at Salinas’ neck, said Hidalgo County Sheriff Lupe Treviño.

“He says ‘Get out of the truck. I’m going to take it and I’m going to kill you,” Treviño said of Ramos.

Salinas told the gunman to calm down; they could work things out.

Then he pushed Ramos’ pistol away, pulled out his own pistol and fired two 9 mm bullets into Ramos’ chest.

Ramos fired once into the air and his arms fell onto Salinas.

The two men tumbled to the pavement as blood spilled from Ramos’ chest.

Three men who were with Ramos took off from the convenience store at Texas Highway 107 and Alamo Road in a brown Chevrolet Impala, deputies said.

Sheriff’s deputies responded to the scene and emergency crews rushed Ramos to McAllen Medical Center, where he died upon arrival.

Salinas had a license to carry a concealed firearm and a clean criminal record, Treviño said.

Ramos, a U.S. citizen who lived in South Alamo, had been arrested for giving a false report to a police officer, aggravated robbery, theft and engaging in organized criminal activity, Treviño said.

Ramos may have been involved with a local gang or attempting to start a new one, Treviño said.

Deputies continue to look for the three men who were with Ramos before he was shot. They could face murder and aggravated robbery charges, Treviño said.

“If they fled knowing (Ramos) was dying at the scene and they were all responsible for the commission of this felony, then they could be held liable for that,” Treviño said.

Meanwhile, the sheriff said he would likely not pursue criminal charges against Salinas, who told deputies he killed Ramos in self-defense.

“This is not a murder,” Treviño said. “This is a justifiable homicide.”

Louisiana: Attempted carjacking victim accidentally shoots self

April 4, 2008

Shreveport, Louisiana

From KTBS of April 2, 2008

Attempted carjacking victim accidentally shoots self

A man accidentally shot himself last night after an attempted carjacking. Police were called to the 4400 block of Pines Road around midnight.

The victim was sitting in his car at a gas station when he was approached by two black males wearing all black clothing and black bandanas over their faces.

They produced a silver revolver and demanded the car. The victim refused and produced his own handgun.

He accidentally shot himself in the leg, and the suspects fled the scene. The victim then went inside the gas station and told the clerk what happened.

Texas: Man fights back against would-be robber

February 7, 2008

Houston, Texas

From KTRK of February 7, 2008

Man fights back against would-be robber

A would-be robber was shot and killed by the person he was trying to rob in the parking lot of a grocery store in southeast Houston.

Investigators told Eyewitness News the would-be robber had the tables turned on him when the person he was trying to rob pulled out his own gun and shot the man.

It was just after 10pm last night when the victim told police he pulled into the parking lot at the H-E-B in the Gulfgate shopping center on Winkler near the Gulf Freeway. Tha’ts when a man walked up to his car and pointed a gun at him. What the robber didn’t know is the man had a gun and he retaliated with gunfire.

“He had just parked and as he was about to get out the car, the guy came up to his door,” said Sgt. Robert Odom with the Houston Police Department.

“Do you know if he was going to carjack him?” we asked.

“I don’t know. He told him to get back in. I don’t know what he was planning to do at that point, if he was planning on taking the truck or if he was just going to rob him,” said Sgt. Odom.

The would-be robber was shot several times. He tried to get away by jumping into a car that was parked nearby. However, he fell out of the car and later died.

Police did arrest the driver of the car and believe he may be the second suspect in the case.

Florida: ‘Sweetest, kindest gentleman’ shoots suspect

January 21, 2008

Miami, Florida

From the Miami Herald of January 21, 2008

‘Sweetest, kindest gentleman’ shoots suspect

A white-haired 85-year-old man, rushing to his son’s defense, shot and wounded a would-be car thief Monday morning in Little Havana, Miami police said.

The suspect, Norberto Fernandez, 29, had been trying to steal Jorge Jauregui’s white Honda Accord in front of his house, 1368 SW 14th St.

Jorge Jauregui, 50, armed with a handgun, ordered Fernandez out of the car, police said.

”I don’t care,” responded the alleged thief, according to Miami police spokesman William Moreno.

The two engaged in a ”vicious fight,” Moreno said.

Then his father, Florentino Jauregui, also armed, rushed out of the house and ”fearing his grandson was being overpowered,” shot and wounded Fernandez, Moreno said.

The shooting could be ruled justified under Florida’s self-defense law.

”He was not protecting property but was protecting bodily injury to his own grandson. The investigation is preliminary but it appears he might be covered under that law,” Moreno said.

Fernandez, a felon with a long criminal history, was charged later Monday with burglary to a motor vehicle, aggravated assault and battery, police said.

He was also fingered as the man who robbed a woman of her purse a few blocks away earlier in the morning, police said. In that case, he was charged with strong-armed robbery.

Investigators believe he had escaped in a stolen white Toyota, which was later found nearby with a nail in the tire. He may have been trying to steal another car when confronted by the Jauregui family.

Fernandez was taken to Ryder Trauma Center at Jackson Memorial Hospital in stable condition, Moreno said.

A neighbor, Laura George, called grandfather Florentino Jauregui “the sweetest, kindest gentleman in the neighborhood.”

The shooting happened about 9 a.m. in the 1300 block of Southwest 14th Street, only blocks from where another elderly resident, former 1930s Cuban track star Marta Suarez, helped police nab a purse snatcher in September.

Wearing designer sneakers, the 85-year-old Suarez chased the man into the path of a police cruiser. She got her purse back. He went to jail.

Suarez, still wearing the same Coach sneakers, wandered by the crime scene Monday after the latest confrontation between age and youth.

Michigan: Alleged carjacker in Burton shot by apartment security guard

December 18, 2007

Burton, Michigan

From the Flint Journal of December 18, 2007

Alleged carjacker in Burton shot by apartment security guard

An armed security guard on patrol at Kings Lane apartments shot and critically wounded a man who allegedly attempted to carjack the guard’s personal car Monday night, Burton police reported.

In a media release, Detective Shawn Duncanson said a 21-year-old male threatened the guard with a handgun and attempted to take his vehicle at 4400 Kings Lane about 9:38 p.m. on Monday.

The security guard, of Michigan Security and Investigations, shot the suspect twice in the torso with a .357 Magnum, Duncanson said.

The suspect was reported in critical condition at an area hospital.

Duncanson said the incident will be forwarded to the Genesee County prosecutor’s office for review.

He said he does not expect any charges to be filed against the guard.

November 16, 2007

Havertown, Pennsylvania

From Philadelphia’s NBC10.com of November 15, 2007

Mother Turns Tables On Carjackers

Police Investigate Carjacking On Suburban Road

Police said Wednesday a mother wrestled away a gun from a carjacker who tried to take her car with her 7-year-old daughter inside.

Chopper 10 was over the scene at Bellfield Avenue and Route 1, where police were using metal detectors and a search dog.

Bellfield Avenue was shut down for the investigation. Firefighters arrived with lights so police could continue the investigation.

Police said the 37-year-old woman was leaving work at the Sunny Days Early Child Development Services facility on Township Line when she said she was approached by two men who got out of a black Jeep. After a brief conversation, one pointed a gun at her and demanded her SUV.

Police said the woman pleaded with the gunmen to allow her to retrieve her 7-year-old daughter out of the backseat. As she helped the child out, she grabbed the gun from the carjacker’s lap. The woman then began to back away, with the gunmen following in an attempt to retrieve the gun.

Police said the gun went off in the struggle.

While neither the mother nor daughter were injured, it was unknown if their attackers were hurt. The gunmen got the weapon back, and one jumped into the victim’s SUV and drove up Belfield Avenue, while the other was picked up around the corner on Township Line in the black Jeep they had pulled up in, NBC 10 News reported.

Police said they were looking for at least three men, their black Jeep, and the victim’s 2007 White Over Black Toyota FJ Cruiser.