Good Samaritan stops woman from carjacking 74-year-old in Florida: police

Good Samaritan stops woman from carjacking 74-year-old in Florida: police

TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) — A good Samaritan, who was visiting Florida, had just stopped to get gas when he saw a woman attempt to steal an elderly couple’s vehicle Saturday morning, police said.

The victim, a 74-year-old man, had parked at an Exxon gas station in Ormond Beach to use the restroom, but before he could exit his car, the suspect, Marvette Perry, 36, opened the door and pushed the man out of the way and got into the driver’s seat.

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Luckily, Adam McDaniels witnessed the incident and immediately rushed to the couple’s aid.

“I got out with my firearm,” McDaniels told NBC affiliate WESH. “I ran over, pointed my firearm with a laser at her chest, and told her not to reach for any weapons.”

McDaniels eventually put his firearm away since he didn’t see Perry reach for a weapon, the Ormond Beach Police Department said in a news release.

“As soon as she saw my laser on her chest, she stopped, became stone cold, didn’t move or speak. I tried to get her to get out of the car, but she didn’t do anything until the cops got there,” he said.

The 74-year-old man held onto Perry’s foot so she wouldn’t take the car while waiting for officers to arrive. According to WESH, the man’s wife was still sitting in the passenger’s seat during the incident.

“I think she was a little worked up, but he seemed pretty calm. He held her by the ankle and said he wouldn’t let go,” McDaniels said.

While the attempted carjacking left the couple shaken up, McDaniels said he was glad to be there when he was.

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“I come from a small town in North Carolina where people help each other,” he told WESH. “I just couldn’t sit there and watch that transpire in a different way.”

Perry was arrested and charged with carjacking, burglary with assault and resisting an officer. She is being held at the Volusia County Jail with no bond, police said.

No one was injured during the incident.

“Our officer’s quick response, the bravery of the good Samaritan, and the resilience of the elderly couple were instrumental in preventing a potentially dangerous situation from escalating,” Ormond Beach Police Chief Godfrey said in a statement.

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