Mom takes down would-be carjacker in the Bronx, holds him until police show up


A single mom in New York took matters into her own hands Tuesday morning when she caught a would-be carjacker in her SUV.
Tihisha Jones, who lives in the Bronx, was getting ready to take her 5-year-old son to school when she found a man sitting in the front seat of her 2005 Honda Pilot, WABC-TV reported.
“I had to take matters into my own hands because I work, I saved to get that car myself,” she told WABC.
The 49-year-old woman yanked the suspect out of her vehicle and wrestled him to the ground where she held him until the cops arrived. Police have identified the suspect as 19-year-old Bernado Santiago.
The encounter was captured on video by a neighbor in an upstairs apartment who heard a ruckus going on below.
“Welcome to the f***ing Bronx,” the woman who filmed the incident said in the video.

What are the details?

It was about 7:30 a.m. when Jones caught Santiago inside her vehicle.
Initially, she opened the passenger side door to confront him, but he pulled the door shut.
Jones told police that Santiago was trying to start the car’s ignition.
That’s when Jones went around to the driver’s side, opened the door and pulled him out of the car.
“I just kept hitting him saying, ‘You was trying to steal my car,'” Jones said. “Like, really, are you serious?
At one point, Santiago can be seen in the video trying to slip out of his shirt to get away, but Jones tackled him to the ground and held him there.
“I gotta do what I gotta do,” Jones said. “He was gonna try to drive off. What was I supposed to do?

Why did Jones fight back?

Jones, who suffers from congestive heart failure and sometimes uses a walker, told WABC that she needs her car to transport her son to and from school and to get to her doctors appointments.
She said someone had broken out one of her car’s windows last week and that the rear spoiler was stolen the week before that.
“I just had enough. I just had enough,” she said. “It’s time to fight back. I don’t think this is fair that people work hard for these things and for somebody to just take your things away. I don’t that’s fair.”
Jones’ son was standing nearby where the incident occurred, the video showed.

What else?

Santiago told police that he was inside Jones’ car because he thought it was his Uber ride.
Authorities charged Santiago with attempted grand larceny, petit larceny, and criminal stolen possession of stolen property, according to WABC.

Judge rules cops, schools had no duty to shield students in Parkland shooting lawsuit

A federal judge on Monday ruled that Broward County schools and the sheriff’s office were not legally obligated to protect and shield students in the shooting that occurred at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., last February, according to a report in the South Florida Sun Sentinel.

The outlet reports that U.S. District Judge Beth Bloom tossed out a lawsuit brought by 15 students who survived the school shooting that argued the sheriff’s office and the Broward school district had a legal duty to protect them during the massacre.

Bloom, however, reportedly ruled that the defendants were not constitutionally obligated to protect students who were not in custody.

“The claim arises from the actions of [shooter Nikolas] Cruz, a third party, and not a state actor,” she wrote in the ruling last week. “Thus, the critical question the Court analyzes is whether defendants had a constitutional duty to protect plaintiffs from the actions of Cruz.”

“As previously stated, for such a duty to exist on the part of defendants, plaintiffs would have to be considered to be in custody,” she continued.

Scot Peterson, one of the defendants in the case, was the only armed deputy stationed at the high school on the day the gunman, Nikolas Cruz, arrived at the school with an assault rifle and killed 17 people.

Peterson resigned from his job at the Broward County Sheriff’s Office shortly after the shooting in February after being the target of backlash for not intervening during the mass shooting.

“His arbitrary and conscience-shocking actions and inactions directly and predictably caused children to die, get injured, and get traumatized,” the lawsuit had claimed of Peterson.

The students argued in the lawsuit that the defendants’ “either have a policy that allows killers to walk through a school killing people without being stopped. Alternatively, they have such inadequate training that the individuals tasked with carrying out the policies … lack the basic fundamental understandings of what those policies are such that they are incapable of carrying them out.”

The ruling comes a week after Broward Circuit Judge Patti Englander Henning rejected Peterson’s argument that he had “no legal duty” to intervene during the school shooting, saying that he had an “obligation to act reasonably” during the incident instead.