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Nurse claims 11-year-old carjacked her at gunpoint while she was making DoorDash delivery: 'Where is your mom?'
Composite screenshot of Scripps News Richmond video (pictured: Deon Smith)

Nurse claims 11-year-old carjacked her at gunpoint while she was making DoorDash delivery: 'Where is your mom?'

A woman in Virginia claims that two young people, one of whom is just 11 years old, carjacked her at gunpoint when she was out making a delivery for DoorDash.

By day, 40-year-old Deon Smith usually works as a certified nursing assistant providing at-home care. But for the past two years, Smith has also been working for DoorDash from about 6 p.m. until midnight, a part-time job she picked up in the hopes that she could save enough to buy a house for herself and her 10-year-old daughter.

After midnight on November 30, Smith was wrapping up her DoorDash shift but had one more stop to make at an apartment complex in South Richmond. Smith told Scripps News Richmond that when she parked her car at the complex, she spotted two "kids" outside. She left her car running, quickly dropped off the food, and returned to her vehicle — when the two kids she had seen earlier no longer appeared quite so child-like.

"The little one approached me. I was thinking he was asking for money or something," she recalled, "but little did I know he was pointing a gun at me asking for my keys."

It turns out the "little one" was just 11 years old. "When he told me that he was going to shoot me, I was like, 'Are you serious? You want to kill somebody at your age?'" Smith said.

Smith claimed she then tried to de-escalate the situation, asking the boy questions such as "where is your mom?" and "why are you out here this time of night?" but the questions did no good. The older boy, 18, crawled into the front seat of Smith's car and yelled at the younger boy to hop in.

The suspects then demanded that Smith get in as well, but she refused. They then drove away, and Smith called the police.

An hour later, Smith learned that the suspects' joyride didn't last long. According to a Richmond Police spokesperson, the boys crashed the vehicle in a "rural" area of Henrico County. There are also reports that the vehicle had been set on fire. Smith claimed she had just paid the vehicle off in September.

The boys, described by police as "juveniles," sustained non-life-threatening injuries during the alleged incident and were taken to an area hospital for treatment. They were also arrested and charged with robbery.

Meanwhile, the ordeal has left Smith without a vehicle, a vehicle she needs for her daytime and nighttime jobs. A GoFundMe account established by two individuals affected by Smith's loving care as a nurse claimed that Smith has not yet been able to return to either of her two jobs. But her prospects may be brightening. As of early Thursday afternoon, the account had already raised more than $15,000 of the $20,000 goal, so Smith may have a replacement vehicle in the near future.

"Just pray and ask God to protect you at all costs, just to keep life," Smith told Scripps News. "A car can be replaced, but your life cannot be."

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Cortney Weil

Cortney Weil

Sr. Editor, News

Cortney Weil is a senior editor for Blaze News.
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