Two masked men approached a woman and her convertible while she was pumping gas at a Tom Thumb station in Hialeah, Florida, Monday night, WSVN-TV reported. The men had already attempted to steal another woman’s car, but she locked herself inside the vehicle. So they moved on to the other side of the pump. Surveillance footage showed one man jumping into the passenger seat of the red convertible and another into the driver’s side.
But the masked men had no idea what they were in for next.
Footage showed the woman fighting back at the attackers and ripping the ski mask off one of them. The subjects then fled on food.
According to police, the woman said she fought back out of fear that her kids would be abducted in the theft.
“She was a mom, and what that bad guy didn’t know, in the back seat of that car were two kids,” Hialeah Police Sgt. Carl Zogby said. “She wasn’t gonna let them be taken, so she fought, she dragged the guy out of the car, and they both ran away like cowards.”
Investigators were later able to identify two of the alleged attackers as Juan Carlos Gonzales and Nicholas Rosado. After the attempted car-jacking, the men took off in a getaway car driven by Rebecca Utria, police said.
A nearby police officer who witnessed the high-speed getaway knew something wasn’t right and proceeded to follow the vehicle.
“A Hialeah Police patrolman, who had no idea of what had just happened, sees this car speeding, follows the car. The car ends up crashing against a fence,” Zogby said.
All three suspects were taken into custody. The trio face several charges, including attempted carjacking and fleeing police.
No one was hurt in the incident, WSVN reported.
In bond court Tuesday afternoon, Utria was asked whether she was employed. “No. I’m in the process,” she answered.
The judge ordered all three suspects to stay away from the two women they have been accused of trying to carjack in the event that they post bond, which is currently set at $25,000 each.
Gonzales, 17, was charged as a minor and was slated to appear in court Thursday, according to WSVN.
Rosado and Utria remain behind bars.
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