They keep calling these two “teens.” They should be calling them violent criminals, but that wouldn’t be nice. Man tackles teen trying to carjack wife in Ballantyne; neighbor shoots suspect.
A crime spree, involving car theft, and armed robbery. The car was stolen on the 29th of last month. They were driving around in the early morning robbing people on their way to work or the gym.
Six minutes later, officers spotted that stolen Camry which matched the description of the vehicle used in the previous two crimes and tried to pull it over. The driver refused to stop, though, and led police on a chase that ended when the Camry crashed into a tree on Bevington Place.
They arrested the driver.
The teenage driver, who police said is a convicted felon, was taken to the hospital but will survive.
His accomplice ran to a nearby neighborhood and was in the process of carjacking a woman just back from the gym, when her husband and the neighbors intervened.
During the carjacking, the victim’s husband ran out of the house and tackled the suspect.
Neighbors heard the commotion and also ran outside. At least one of them was armed and ordered the suspect to drop his weapon, police said.
When the suspect refused, one of the neighbors shot him.
He was shot in the leg with a shotgun, when he reached for his gun. He’ll survive.
The article refers to him as a “17-year-old boy.” But since he is 17, and he apparently has committed several felonies, I would guess that he will be charged as an adult. Just a guess. In any event, you would do better to refer to him as an armed criminal, a would-be bad-guy. But then the media loves to sugarcoat stuff.
As for the minutes… It took cops about 5 or 10 minutes to arrive and take this guy into custody, even though the other scene wasn’t far away. (Another guess – they had to dispatch someone else because those cops were dealing with the crashed Toyota Camry and that guy.)
Good Guys 2, Bad Guys 0.