Elderly Man Fights Back Against Carjackers

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“3 words changed my life ”

Since: Nov 07

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#1 Jul 24, 2008
JACKSONVILLE, Fla.-- Being physically overmatched by two carjackers didn't stop one 79-year-old man from fighting back against the thieves who demanded the keys to his car.

Howard Gabriel has trouble walking without becoming tired. So, it would be hard to imagine him trying to fight off two carjackers. However, that's exactly what he found himself doing at a gas station on Philips Highway near Emerson Street.

Gabriel said he was about to fill up his gas tank Thursday morning when a man started coming toward him.

"He says to me,'I've got a gun in here. Give me the keys to your car. I want your car, and if you don't give me the keys, I'm going to shoot you. Believe me,'" Gabriel said.

He said he didn't believe the man, so he asked the guy to show him the gun. Instead, the carjacker charged straight for him.

"I'm going to be 80 years old in four months. I can't handle two guys. This arthritis is killing me. He just grabbed me and threw me against the building, and then ran and got in the car and took off," said Gabriel.

Police were able to catch the men who took Gabriel's car and return the victim's car. The 79-year-old said even though the men made a mess, they didn't get away with much.

"They left the walker, never touched the walker," Gabriel said.

Gabriel said his OnStar satellite system gave police the exact location of his stolen car.

Police continue to investigate whether the men they arrested in Gabriel's case have been involved in other carjackings.

“3 words changed my life ”

Since: Nov 07

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#2 Jul 24, 2008
takes a couple of real tough guys to attack an 80 year old man on a walker...come on jso..give us names....

Since: Jul 07

AOL

#3 Jul 24, 2008
I was driving home from OP and I was going up Ricker at about 3:30AM, and I was passing street after street that I recognized from different news articles about murders, shootings, robberies, etc...and every stop sign I was like, aww shit..somebody is gonna try something.

But if you're gonna try to jack my shit, you better shoot me first because otherwise, I'm not gonna give into the whims of some pussy thug. And please, if you're gonna try...walk in front of me. I have no problem running your ass down and backing over you, and then running over you again before I call the police to come and scrape your carcass of the road.

Since: Jul 08

Various, Arizona

#4 Jul 24, 2008
Time to apply for my permit... and buy an XD45!

“Nuff Said!”

Since: May 08

Branford, Fl

#5 Jul 25, 2008
They must be Juveniles cause their names were not published and that in its self is a load of crap.

“3 words changed my life ”

Since: Nov 07

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#6 Jul 25, 2008
Joe Durt wrote:
They must be Juveniles cause their names were not published and that in its self is a load of crap.
i completley agree..if they commit a crime, post their names and mug shots all over the place..name their parents as well..shame the parents.
The truth

United States

#7 Jul 25, 2008
scott1 wrote:
<quoted text>i completley agree..if they commit a crime, post their names and mug shots all over the place..name their parents as well..shame the parents.
Yes, it is time for the justice system to admit these kids are not young and innocent. If they are committing violent adult crimes, it is time start treating them like adults.
Rick Gabriel

Jacksonville, FL

#8 Jan 23, 2013
Haha. This is my grandfather. I was just searching for the article online and saw this. pop's a hard charger through and through.

Good call on the carry permit too - we didn't make the same mistake twice.

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