Lakeland, Florida - Two carjackings, two arrests, one person run over and two suspects at large... and one victim tells 10 News why she fought back.
It all started around 3 a.m. Sunday. Lakeland police say a couple was physically attacked near Barnett Park and forced out of their car at gunpoint. Four men also took their cell phones, a wallet and purse and even fired shots at them, as they took off.
Then hours later, a second carjacking happened in a parking lot near Wabash Avenue and Parker Street in Lakeland. A short time later, Lakeland Police found the two stolen vehicles driving together on U.S. 98, with their license plates switched.
During the pursuit, police say one of the suspects, 24-year-old Brian Demarcus West, jumped out of the stolen car he was driving - while it was still moving.
An officer couldn't stop in time struck and killed West. Two other suspects - a 13 and 17-year-old gang member were arrested. According to the 10 News Crime Guidelines, we have chosen not identify juvenile suspects.
Two other suspects still remain on the loose.
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10 News spoke with that second carjacking victim - a 56-year-old woman. She did not want to be named.
"I a hollering like a goat, that's why they are scared. I said, 'Help, help me!'"
Three males allegedly pulled a U-turn and then carjacked this woman. She says she has no idea why.
"That dude turn around; come behind me." The victim says she stopped her car because her water jug had tipped over.
The victim says she pulled over, got out of the car, went to the back and opened the trunk; that's when the attack went down.
"One guy grabbed my left hand, put a foot here and dropped me on the ground. I rolled over him with my leg! Then, he put a gun to my face, thought it was a knife, but saw a hole - then I chilled out a little bit."
And now, she is left chilling out at home with an ice pack. "It was mine. I don't owe them nothing, I don't know them, I'm living my life they should be living their own life."
And although she is happy she's alive, she says she would fight for what's right, again. "Bring it on; I ain't done nothing wrong. I be fighting for what's mine."
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