A group of young siblings are safe after an attempted carjacking, where they overpowered the would-be thief with an iPad and strangulation.
16 year old Imama, from Chicago, Illinois and her younger siblings (a 10-year-old brother and 5-year-old sister) were able to successfully fend off a carjacker after her tried to commandeer their car.
16-year-old Imama said in an interview with ABC Chicago:
“This dude just jumps in the car and he looks back and I realize it’s not my dad, so I go, ‘Who are you?'”
“I was just scared for my life, I didn’t know what to do.”
Things escalated quickly when the kidnapper threatened to shoot them. But the kids had a plan.
Boy, 10, overpowers Chicago carjacker with an iPad https://t.co/olHnAuyS8p— The Daily Beast (@thedailybeast) December 24, 2019
After pretending to comply with the carjacker’s demands, the ten year old boy, Hasnain, began to strike the carjacker with his iPad.
“I said, ‘I’ll get out, fine,’ and then I started hitting him with the iPad.”
The iPad was only stage one.
“My phone was dead so I couldn’t call 911.”
“I see my dad’s phone in the passenger seat so I, like, try to strangle the dude from the back because I was right behind him.”
See, we don’t need guns.— Fake N. Ame (@ItsAnAmerican) December 24, 2019
He opened up MineCraft and the carjacker got sucked in.— Silly Professor (@sillyprofessor) December 24, 2019
Great job!!! Bet that iPad left a huge bump on his empty head!!!— shannon young✈️ (@shannon_d_young) December 24, 2019
Chicago children fight off carjacker who tried to steal family car https://t.co/4Uc7ANrhIE
CarJackers need to be shot. I know, ...that sounds harsh.— Chuck (@charlessalzer7) December 24, 2019
Carjacker steals running car with 3 kids inside, the oldest
girl fights him off with iPAD and dials 911, they escape with
their lives, fortunately. Chicago.https://t.co/dJeAGKV7zx
The three children escaped unharmed and managed to get that call to 911 off without a hitch.
The police have identified four suspects: Steffy Lagunas, 19; Ralph Enriquez, 22; Kaily Lagunas, 19 and a 16-year-old boy.
Carjacker steals car with three kids sleeping inside and threatens to shoot them, but they fight back instead ... CHICAGO AGAIN! Interim Superintendent Beck more concerned about suspending officers doing police work than taking offenders off the street... https://t.co/EccydT8ZTZ— Joe Kulys (@joekulys) December 24, 2019
Hey, these kids didn't need a gun. And you're just trying to sell guns, not promote self-defense in general. https://t.co/jTlbThPUIU— Jim Hankins (@ltecato) December 24, 2019
'Scared for my life': Chicago children fight off carjacker https://t.co/WnaCpNwe67— Arnold's heart! Good night, and good luck (@skaik_van) December 24, 2019
These children are very brave. I’m glad they’re safe and I hope dad learned a lesson.— Sincerely Me 🛀🏾 🍷 (@PMendes327) December 24, 2019
Chicago is a different type— Tony (@Garcia2124Tony) December 24, 2019
Each suspect has been charged with one misdemeanor count of criminal trespass to vehicles.
Here we have a teenage girls who needs to be with her parents herself, out here with her siblings, from my understanding who are children, in the midst of danger fighting over a vehicle... not wise at all🕊H2R💖...— From Hood 2 Reality🕊 (@Micaiah211) December 24, 2019
Why the misdemeanor charges for the thieves? Why not kidnapping, felony theft, etc?— Ponderthis (@Ponderthis9) December 24, 2019
I’m laughing my ass off— MoGoldberg (@MoGoldberg1) December 24, 2019
The siblings were thankfully reunited with their father a short time later, who had stepped outside of the car to get Domino’s Pizza for the family.
May 2020 bring us all such great improvisational skills.