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Man Learns Painful Lesson After Allegedly Trying to Carjack 69-Year-Old: 'He Couldn't Believe It

"He looked about half scared."

A Utah woman fought back Saturday night against an alleged carjacker, teaching the man a very painful lesson.

38-year-old suspect Christopher Bigler allegedly jumped in 69-year-old Frances Mach's car as she arrived at her daughter's home.

"He says 'take me out of here...go!" Mach told KUTV. "He started to reach for the steering wheel and he smacked me with the other hand and said 'go!'"

That's when Mach said she fought back.

"I just balled up my fist and I nailed his head about three or four times and told him to get out of my car," Mach told KUTV.

Image source: KUTV

Things then took a sudden turn. Mach said that the man ran outside her car and straight into her daughter's home. When officers arrived, they saw a fire upstairs, thought to have been started by Bigler.

[sharequote="center"]"He couldn't believe it, I'll tell you what, because I fought back.[/sharequote]

"We were able to clear the downstairs but each time we entered in the upstairs, the smoke was so strong the officers were unable to go completely into the house," Saratoga Springs Police Sgt. Grant Ferre told KUTV.

Eventually, officers apprehended the 38-year-old. He was taken to a local hospital for treatment related to smoke inhalation. The suspect also sustained injuries as a result of Mach's punches.

"He couldn't believe it, I'll tell you what, because I fought back. He looked about half scared," Mach said, recounting the moment she punched Bigler. "They told me his face was already starting to swell, so I must have landed him pretty good."

KUTV reported the suspect was listed in fair condition Sunday. The home, however, was significantly damaged by the fire and the family was not permitted to go inside as of Sunday.

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