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Carjacking victim in Broadmoor makes bold move

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A carjacking victim thinks a split second decision saved her life.  With two men in her car and a gun to her head, the Broadmoor woman says she fought for survival.

It came after a long day at work.  The victim parked her 2001 Civic in her driveway around 8:30 Monday night, and thought nothing of the two young men standing on the corner.

"I saw them," she told FOX 8, "but didn't think anything of it... now... woulda shoulda coulda... I should have honked or drove off and back around."

As the 26-year-old woman retrieved items from the back seat, she felt the cold steel of a gun to her head.

"They just snuck up behind me and put the gun to my head, and said [expletive] give me your car keys and cell phone... I hesitated, but I gave them the car keys and cellphone and I went to step back, and it happened so quickly they said [expletive] get in the car... In my mind I thought I'm not getting into the car, and he said no [expletive] you don't understand I'm going to kill you, get in the car."

She did as she was told, to a point.  "I was able to reach around the front seat and honked, twice.  One of the guys on top of me, trying to hide, and said [expletive] we're going to shoot you.... I put my foot out and started yelling at the top of my lungs."

The victims' stepfather, Mark Wiser, heard the screams.  "I didn't know if it was her, our other tenant, or one of the neighbors," Wiser told FOX 8.

Her stepdad instantly called 911 and raced outside, as she made a split decision to flee.

"As soon as I heard the car go in drive, I pushed and twisted and turned and jumped out," the victim said.

The suspects sped off with her car and her cellphone, but they left behind something far more precious -- the victims' life.  And she now says she will change the way she lives, enjoying every minute.

As frightening as this crime was, it wasn't the first time a member of this family had to face the barrel of a gun.  Wiser said, "Several years ago my son was shot, not to far from here."

Monday night, it was his stepdaughter; nine years ago, his son was shot twice during a robbery on State Street Court while working on his car.

Wiser said, "One went through the elbow and one went into the back, and he's still crippled in the left leg."

Monday night's victim said she will never forget what happened.   "It was five seconds, but it was in slow motion, and in my mind I thought I'm not going to get in this car, they can kill me now.  I'm not going to be raped or be a missing girl or have my mom wait and see if they are ever going to find me."

She hopes that by coming forward, others will heed her advice to watch out for their surroundings and keep on driving. "Next time, I'm going to be more cautious," she said.

The victim said, New Orleans police responded quickly to the 911 call, but so far have not made an arrest. They are on the lookout for anyone who may have seen two African American men.  Both are believed to be about 17 years old and were wearing dark jeans and dark shirts.

The victim was able to give a better description of one of the men.  He stands about 5-feet 7 tall, weighs less than 150 pounds, is clean cut with a twist-style haircut.

Several neighbors had surveillance cameras, and police are now checking to see if any captured images of the carjackers.

If anyone has any information on this carjacking, call Crimestoppers at 504-822-1111.`

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