Exclusive: Carjacking victim recounts jump out of her car, “I needed to get out of there”
(CBS 12) —
“It was pretty scary. I just, I didn’t know what to do,” said an 89-year-old Vero Beach woman.
On Monday, this woman’s car was stolen. It happened while she spending the day shopping.
We are not releasing her name to protect her identity since deputies are still looking for a suspect.
This woman said she finished shopping at Publix, unlocked her car and got inside. That’s when she realized a man was sitting in her passenger seat.
“My first thought was he just got in the wrong car but he started saying ‘I don't want to hurt you, I just need money and you're gonna help me get.’ I said I don't have any money so he said well we’ll just go over to the bank and you can get me some money there.”
She said he showed her that he had a gun but kept saying he didn’t want to hurt her.
She explained as she was driving over to the Bank of America, which is in the same plaza as Publix, he told her to stop at a stop sign.
“So I used that as an opportunity to jump out of the car and kick my purse on the driveway,” she said. She added, “I thought this is my only chance. I don't know what will happen if I don't.”
Once she got out, she said she headed toward the bank and waited for police. She said a man witnessed her getting out of the car. The report from the Indian River County Sheriff’s Office stated that man told the witness the woman was his grandmother and she’s not supposed to be driving. The witness told deputies the man got into the driver seat and then took off.
The woman said, “you can always replace a car but I didn't want to get hurt.” She added, “I really don't know what his plan was but I knew he was dangerous and I needed to get out of there.”