ATLANTA, GA – An elderly man is considering himself lucky to be alive, after the 82-year-old individual was able to successfully ward off a would-be carjacker at a local gas station earlier in March.
Surveillance video from the incident showcases the physical altercation between the elderly victim and the assailant, with authorities hoping that the public can help identify the at-large suspect seen on the footage.
Atlanta police need help after surveillance cameras caught a teenager attacking a man in his 80s. https://t.co/GSqn64e8dA
— FOX 5 Atlanta (@FOX5Atlanta) April 2, 2021
The incident reportedly occurred on March 11th at approximately 2:30 p.m., when the victim (who opted to remain unidentified) pulled into the Chevron gas station located on McDonough Blvd in southeast Atlanta.
Video captured by surveillance cameras at the gas station showcase the suspect, a black male who police suspect to be around 17 or 18 years old, posted up alongside the side of the convenience store building before approaching the victim.
The victim described the interaction he had with the suspect from there:
“As I put my gas nozzle back and was getting ready to get in the car, I turned around and he was there with a gun in his pants and showed part of it. He just said ‘Give it up’ and I asked ‘To give what up?’ and he said ‘You know what I’m talking about. Give me them keys.’”
In the video, the victim can be seen reaching into his vehicle, which the victim says that he was attempting to retrieve some paperwork from a previous doctor’s appointment.
The assailant was allegedly urging the victim to “hurry up,” which is when the 82-year-old man took it upon himself to try and thwart the carjacking attempt:
“I saw he wasn’t looking and I grabbed his arm with the gun in it and we started ‘tusseling’ and we hit the ground.”
From the scuffle that transpired on the video, it appears as though the weapon allegedly used by the assailant got tossed away from the them.
The victim proclaims that the assailant then retrieved the weapon and began to aim it at him while he was on the ground:
“He grabbed the gun again and he pointed it at me and said ‘do you want me to shoot you? Don’t make me shoot you man.’ I said ‘Please don’t shoot me man’. I backed off and ran into the store.”
As the victim was retreating to the convenience store at the gas station, the assailant can be seen briefly entering the vehicle before suddenly fleeing the area. When the elderly victim was asked if the encounter was frightening, he stated:
“Oh, it scared me! It scared me. I thought he was going to shoot me.
“They are getting desperate. That’s [why] they are changing to the most vulnerable people now. I’m just glad to be alive.”
Police are urging the public to come forward if they have any information about this case or the identity of the at-large suspect seen in the video. Any tips can be reported by calling Crime Stoppers of Atlanta at 404-577-TIPS.
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This Atlanta case is reminiscent of another carjacking incident that occurred in Victorville, California back in November of 2020.
In that incident, the victim was also an elderly male who tried to fight off the assailants involved.
Here’s that previous report.
VICTORVILLE, CA – A 67-year-old man who was pumping gas at a Chevron station in Victorville, California, was violently attacked and carjacked by two male suspects on November 11.
Caught on camera: Elderly man beaten, carjacked at gas station in Victorville https://t.co/Tm5rwJky6v
— Victor Valley News Group VVNG.com (@VVNews) November 14, 2020
While the victim tried his best to ward off the attackers, he was ultimately beaten and dragged from his vehicle before the suspects made off with his car.
Authorities have not released the identity of the victim who was beaten and carjacked during the early morning hours.
Officials say the incident occurred at approximately 4:06 a.m. at the Chevron station located on the 13300 block of US Highway 395 and Luna Road.
The victim was pumping gas when the two suspects approached and encircle him at the pump. Some sort of exchange seems to take place before the two suspects launched their assault on the victim.
To fend off his attackers, the elderly man began posturing himself to launch a counterattack, in certain instances even trying to wield the gasoline hose as a weapon to defend himself.
Despite these numerous attempts to defend himself from these attackers, the victim eventually became overwhelmed by the attacks lodged against him.
When the victim tried to re-enter his vehicle, one attacker began forcibly pulling him out of the driver’s seat, eventually dragging him on the ground while his accomplice hopped into the vehicle.
According to Victorville Sheriff’s Spokeswoman Mara Rodriguez, authorities were able to recover the victim’s vehicle:
“The victim’s Toyota was located on Luna Road, where the two suspects got out of the car and ran.”
However, authorities were unable to catch up with the suspects after they had fled the vehicle.
The incident remains under investigation as of the time of this report.
As for the 67-year-old victim from the attack, he was reportedly treated at a local hospital for minor injuries.
Investigators are asking anyone with information related to the identities or whereabouts of the two attackers, to please call the Victorville Police Department at 760-241-2911.
Persons with information who want to remain anonymous can also utilize WeTip at WeTip.com.
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