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Gentilly neighbors come together after woman fends off carjackers

Arlinda Weathersby (FOX 8 photo) Arlinda Weathersby (FOX 8 photo)
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When confronted with two young would-be carjackers outside her Gentilly home Tuesday evening, Arlinda Weathersby reacted differently than most people might have.

“When I looked up, I saw a teenager no more than 15, and I saw his face first. I saw the gun second. The gun was held to my head, and I just got mad,” Weathersby said.

She slapped the gunman's hand away.

“I told him, ‘I’m on the phone right now, and you just have to wait.' He reached in to turn the car off, and he couldn’t reach. I just kept moving his hand away, and then the other one tried to reach in and grab my phone. I pushed his hand away,” Weathersby said.

Both teens, who she said were likely under the age of 16, ran off.

After telling her story to FOX 8, Weathersby received a letter in her door.

“The letter was very touching to me. It’s from my neighbor. It just gave me a feeling of belonging and safety,” Weathersby said.

The letter commended Weathersby for her courage. This author spoke to FOX 8, but did not want to be identified.

“I just wanted you to know that we’re looking out for you,” he said.

“Oh, I feel fortified," Weathersby said. "I feel like maybe I did the right thing, and maybe it will make an impact on some of these young people out there and also my neighbors.”

The neighbors, even those very close by, did not know what had happened to Weathersby until they saw our story. Weathersby inspired them to band together and stand up against crime.

“People seeing other people involved and caring about what’s going on in their neighborhood, where they live, where they pay taxes, where they raise their children, it does make a difference,” Weathersby said.

The man who wrote the letter had a warning for those who want to inflict harm on his family or his neighbors.

“You’ve got to know the rules to play the game. If you’re going to come to a fight with a gun, you better know how to use it. Around here, we do,” he said.

Other neighbors want to offer support. Together, they agreed it takes a community to bring about change.

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