70-Year-Old Woman Fights Off Carjacker

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A 70-year-old woman fought back when a carjacker attempted to steal her vehicle Friday afternoon.

The attempted carjacking happened just before 1 p.m. Friday in the parking lot at the Shops at Briargate in north Colorado Springs.

The would-be victim was walking to her car when police say the suspect approached her with a gun. But the suspect got more than she bargained for when she tried to steal the woman's car. Police say that when the suspect climbed into the vehicle, the woman kicked the gun out of her hand--sending the suspect running. The suspect grabbed her gun off the ground and quickly left the scene.

"It's so cool," a shopper told 11 News after hearing about the thwarted crime. "A 70-year-old woman, older woman, shouldn't defend herself...I'm not sure I'd be able, but she could."

"I think it's pretty cool 'cause I'm going to be 70 really soon and I'd like to think I could do that," Diana Vasser said. "I don't know if I'd kick a gun out of somebody's hand."

The suspect is described as a white woman somewhere between 30 and 50, 5-foot-7 to 5-foot-10 with a heavy build. She had dark hair and was dressed head to toe in black.

If you have any information on her whereabouts, you're asked to call CSPD at 444-7000 or Crime Stoppers at 634-STOP.

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