69-year-old Philadelphia man turns the tables on armed carjacker

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On August 24 at 11:30 a.m. in the East Mount Airy neighborhood of Philadelphia, a 69-year-old man was unloading his groceries in his driveway. A 24-year-old man came up to him with his gun drawn and yelled, “This is a robbery.” The 69-year-old was certain that wouldn’t be the case.

Fox 29 reported that the resident fought back, wrestling the would-be carjacker for control of his firearm. Despite the suspect biting the resident’s hand, the 69-year-old prevailed, allegedly firing the gun and grazing the suspect’s abdomen. The suspect fled the scene.

Hearing the struggle, the resident’s neighbors called the police, who found the would-be carjacker on the 1000 block of Gorgas Lane.

The would-be carjacker was transported to Albert Einstein Medical Center, where he is presently in stable condition. The resident sustained only a minor injury — a bite to the hand for which he didn’t bother seeking medical treatment.

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Philadelphia police Capt. John Walker lauded the resident’s courage, but suggested it’s not always worth defending oneself. Nevertheless, one of the resident’s neighbors told WPVI: “I am going to go get a permit to carry a gun because of this.”

Police suggested the resident was not targeted, but rather the victim of a failed opportunistic crime. The 24-year-old suspect was allegedly just “cruising” the neighborhood when he saw the resident, alone.

The suspect will be charged with robbery, carjacking, and other crimes. The 69-year-old will not be charged.

Philadelphia scores an eight on Neighborhood Scout’s crime index, with 100 being the safest. The odds of becoming a victim of a property crime in the city are 1 in 34. Including attempts, there have been 891 car-jackings in Philadelphia so far this year, already surpassing the 2021 total of 854, which itself more than doubled the previous year’s figure. Based on a July estimate, by year’s end, the city will have seen over 1,350 car-jackings.

Concerning the spate of car-jackings, George Soros-backed Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner said earlier this year that “people should be concerned.”

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Carjacking suspect shot with his own gun by 69-year-old man who stopped the would-be robber

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