Attempted carjacking victim: 'I took a great risk, but someone has to stand up'

Carjacking victim: 'I took a great risk, but someone has to stand up'

NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - "We believe we live in good neighborhoods, but it's making us a target more than anything," said the victim of a Halloween night carjacking in Algiers.

FOX 8 is not identifying the victim, who said he knew the risks when he decided to turn his back on the gunman who demanded his keys.

The victim said he was dropping off his aunt in the Tall Timbers neighborhood when he noticed a Nissan Altima behind his Camaro on General DeGaulle Drive.

"They immediately got real close, sped up and got in front of me. They took a left on Somerset, which is a cross street to come back on the other side of General DeGaulle," he said.

Eventually, the victim and his aunt turned into the Tall Timbers neighborhood and pulled up to a home in the 3900 block of Post Oak Avenue.

"Here comes the same car. It pulls up next to us, but just ahead of us. I see the guy. He immediately gets out with a gun in his hand. He says, 'Get out the car.' At that point, I'm thinking, really? Is this really happening?" he said.

His aunt had gotten out of the car on the passenger side, and the gunman turned his attention to her. He said the gunman told the woman not to grab for her phone.

"I put the car in park and turned it off. I took the keys out, and at this point, I opened the door to take the attention off of her and back on me," the victim said. "I'm not thinking about my car whatsoever. So I take (the keys) out and put them on top of the car. I look him straight in the eye, and I said, 'Really? Really? Do you really want to do this?' I'm just staring him down."

The victim said at that point, he made the decision to say and do something that most people wouldn't.

"I said, 'Ya know what? Do what you've got to do. If you're going to shoot me, shoot me, but guess what? You've got to shoot me in the back.' At this point, I just turned around, I put my back to him, because if he's cowardly enough to do that, then so be it," the victim said.

He said the gunman remained quiet and seconds went by. Eventually, the gunman turned around and walked away.

The victim admits that he's fed up with crime in New Orleans. He's been a victim twice already, once when someone broke into his home and then again when his car was burglarized. This time, though, he said he wasn't worried about losing his car.

"On my car keys, there's my house keys. In my glove box is my registration. It has my address on it. I would not have been just giving them my car. I would have been giving them my family and my house," he said.

He said he wouldn't suggest any other victim to do the same thing he did, but at the time, he felt he was doing what was right.

"By me standing up, it took a great risk, but someone has to stand up at some point. We can't just hand over everything we've worked for. I can't do that anymore," he said.

Just minutes after the attempted carjacking, police received another call only a few blocks away on Red Oak Court, where a woman and her 9-year-old daughter became carjacking victims. The victim said her little girl was so traumatized by what happened, she became physically ill.

Police are still investigating to determine if the two incidents are related.

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