A mom is hoping you learn something after she was carjacked while unloading groceries at her own home.
Have you ever had a strong feeling that something just isn't right and you ignored it? Well, this mother who was attacked and carjacked around 9:45 Sunday night wants to remind you to trust your instinct. She didn't and she is paying dearly for it.
One minute she was unloading groceries from her car at her Northeast Harris County apartment and the next she was being attacked. "He was in front of me. He was going up the stairs and next thing you know both of them rushed me, pushed me down right outside on the grassy area and put their hands over my face," explains Ariane Dearing. Dearing's groceries went all over the ground and she could hear her four year old son screaming. "I was worried for my son, just really scary because I didn't expect something like that to happen at my own home," cries Dearing.
"It was a little bit scary," says her 4-year-old son.
"The guy had his hand over my mouth. I bit his hand so he punched me in the face. Then they ended up getting the keys from me. I was fighting as much as I can," explains Dearing but they overpowered her. She says the men drove off in her maroon 2008 Honda Civic. Dearing says it all could have been avoided if she had trusted her instinct. She says when she parked she saw the two men and thought they were up to no good. "I got kind of suspicious so I stayed in the car," she says. She got out of the car after convincing herself she was over reacting. So what should you do? "You should always listen to your gut instinct. Always safety first," says Deputy Danny Brown with the Harris County Sheriff's Crime Prevention. Deputy Brown says it's also a good idea to keep your doors locked and get in and out of your vehicle and out of a parking lot as quickly as you can. "Things that really get them in trouble are cell phones, headphones, listening to Ipods. That decreases their awareness. We always have to stay alert whenever we leave and we like you to be in groups if you can. It decreases your chances of being robbed," explains Brown.
"Just be aware," warns Dearing. This was actually the 29-year old mother's first car. She just bought it two weeks ago. The Honda Civic still had the temporary paper license plate on it. She only has liability insurance and unfortunately that doesn't cover carjackings. She says she's holding on to hope that her Honda will be returned.