Casie Lewis was driving home from Texas to Kansas City when she made a 3 a.m. stop in Purcell, Oklahoma. Inside her car were her three children—ages 9, 11, and 13—and their two dogs, most of them asleep.
It was late, and she needed gas and coffee. Lewis was only away from the car for minutes before she came back and saw a horrifying scene.
In under five minutes, the car was gone.
“[You] never think that’s going to happen,” Lewis told KFOR by phone.
At first, she thought maybe she was so tired she forgot where she parked. Then she heard honking coming from across the road—it was her car.
Sprinting over, she could see her kids were all still inside, but pretty shaken up.
A man had just tried to carjack Lewis, and he was still inside the car.
He’d gotten into the driver’s seat but as he slammed the door close, he woke up Lewis’s 13-year-old daughter, and she sprung into action. She started hitting him, and then turned sideways so she could kick him.
“The criminal fought back,” grabbed her hair and was hitting her head, trying to get her to quit hitting him, against the window,” Lewis told KFOR.
Her daughter was only using the information Lewis had drilled into her kids. If a stranger tries to take you, “you should hit, bite, scratch, do whatever you need to do to get away from them,” Lewis had told them.
“Because the longer they have you, the farther they take you.”
The children had fought off the carjacker, and foiled his attempt.
Purcell Police Det. Sgt. Scott Stephens told KFOR that what the kids did was dangerous because the man could have been armed, but it was “probably … a good thing” given how things turned out. The incident occurred on Dec. 11 and police are on the lookout for this suspect.
The children were even able to give the police a good description of the man: White with a beard and mustache, wearing a brown Carhatt-style jacket, gray stocking gap, and sweatpants, according to KFOR.
“I was just extremely proud of my kids, the way that they dealt with everything,” Lewis said.
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