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Victim of carjacking attempt fights back

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“I just can’t believe how these kids just think they can go out and take things,” said the victim of a Tuesday night carjacking attempt in Gentilly Terrace.

The mental health nurse, who FOX 8 will not identify, couldn’t believe her eyes when she drove up to her home in the 4700 block of Mandeville Street.

“Just as I was about to get out of the car, this hand comes through the cracked window with a gun," she said. "He told me to get out of the car. Of course, I was taken off guard, but I said, 'What?'”

She said she looked up at the robber and saw he was young.

“I saw a young black man, no more than 15 years old, holding a gun to my head. I looked up and saw every detail of his face. Then, I saw another one standing behind him,” she said.

 She said the gunman’s accomplice looked about 13 or 14 years old. At that point, she became mad.

“I said, 'No, you’re going to have to wait. I’m a nurse. I’m just getting in, and I need to speak to a doctor and my other nurse,'" she said. "He put his left arm in to try to turn off the ignition. He started shouting, 'Turn off the ignition.' I said, 'No. I’m not turning off the ignition.' I started swatting his arm away.”

Then, she said the younger robber reached in to grab her phone.

“ I swatted him, then he took off running," she said. "The one with the gun also took off running. I was thinking, I wanted to put the window up and catch his arm in the window.”

Instead, the two youngsters made good their escape. Then 24 hours later, the victim’s neighbor found one of the teen’s shoes on his front lawn.

“He had on white socks, and these sliders that my neighbor just found. Wow, the cops didn’t know this,” the victim said.

She believes the juvenile gunman literally ran out of his shoes when he took off. The victim, angered by what happened, suddenly became emotional.

“These two young black males were out here doing this, and you wonder what’s going on in their life," she said. "Where are their parents? Why is this happening in our city?”

She said she’d like to come face-to-face with the young robber again.

“Because I do know his face, and I will be looking for him," she said. "I will stop and talk to him. I want to know, why did he have to go to this extreme to hold a gun to someone’s head? It could be anyone. It’s unnecessary.”

Police are still searching for the suspects.

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