‘I used to be fortunate’: 81-year-old man thanks God after escaping carjacking try in Gastonia
GASTONIA, N.C. — An 81-year-old man in Gastonia stated he’s thanking God that he was capable of win a battle with a carjacking suspect.
Clearance Jones instructed Channel 9′s Ken Lemon that he’s nonetheless hurting from a tug-of-war after a person tried to yank him out of his automotive.
Police stated the incident started after 30-year-old Jared Clinton stole a automobile from Bessemer Metropolis Street. Clinton knew officers have been shut, so he determined to ditch the stolen automobile at a close-by Citgo after which steal one other automotive.
Police stated that’s when Clinton noticed Jones about to get out of his pink Kia.
Jones instructed Channel 9 that Clinton grabbed his door with one hand, reached by way of the window and grabbed the 81-year-old by his shirt.
“He was cussing, and he tried to come back to grab my door on the best aspect,” Jones stated. “When he went to drag it, I pulled it. I simply obtained so mad. And no matter it was, I simply tried to do the very best I can.”
At that second, Jones stated he threw his automotive in reverse, stopped onerous, after which pulled ahead.
“If I wasn’t for the Lord I don’t know what would have occurred. I’m going to inform you one thing, it’s unhealthy. It’s unhealthy,” Jones stated. “He was making an attempt to drag the door open and me too. I used to be fortunate. I simply thank God to get the assistance and energy.”
The transfer precipitated Clinton to lose his grip on the automobile. He was later taken into custody by police.
Jones stated he has lived in his Gastonia group for 50 years and by no means had something like this occur to him earlier than. He stated his shoulder nonetheless hurts, however he’s OK.
Police stated Clinton is in jail with a $250,000 bail.
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