74-Year-Old Man Shoots Would-Be Carjacker, Police Say

July 24, 2009

Texas (ChattahBox) – A Houston man (74) shot a car jacker (18), after he tried to rob him at knife point outside of his home.

August Peters was getting out of his car to enter his home when Martin Baltazar jumped out from behind it, and put a knife to his throat. He was attempting to rob him of his money and car, but he didn’t get very far.

Peters grabbed his gun, and shot Baltazar in the stomach.

Alerted by the shots, nearby police were quick to the scene, and chased the 18-year-old would-be robber through the neighborhood of Corona Lane. Baltazar ran through a home, bleeding, and tried to leave through the back door, but it was locked.

In a move that must have been of panic, rather than brilliance, Baltazar grabbed a chair, broke a window, and scurried through, leaving blood (and his pants) behind.

Police found him a street over, after he collapsed.

He has been taken to the hospital, and is in stable condition, the wound having been a superficial one. But his legal record has been rather damaged, and, we imagine, so has his street cred.



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