Armed good Samaritan foiled Edina carjacking attempt 

"Everything stopped" after an armed good Samaritan intervened during an attempted carjacking in Edina, according to the victim.

Police offered $5,000 for information that leads to the arrest of the two men seen on the right who are suspected of perpetrating a carjacking in Edina (not pictured) and may be connected to a carjacking caught on camera in St. Louis Park (left). (Twitter and YouTube screenshots)

An armed good Samaritan thwarted an attempted carjacking last week in Edina, according to the victim.

“And what ultimately stopped it was there was a third community helper who came around and he had a gun, and everything stopped. The fighting stopped. The chaos stopped and the attackers stopped attacking,” the victim told KARE 11.

She was exiting a Lunds & Byerlys around 5 p.m. Dec. 9 when she was attacked by four individuals who attempted to steal her car. Several people came to her aid after hearing her scream for help. Edina police said three people were injured, one seriously, during the struggle and the victim now has a black eye.

The attack, and several others like it, prompted a community meeting Tuesday night in Edina, where the victim, who identified herself as Jessie, shared her story.

“The time for us to be ignored is over,” she said. “We’ve watched two years of an inflating crime rate go through the roof. We are being terrorized in our homes, in our cars and in our everyday lives.”

Edina police are offering a $5,000 reward for information that leads to the arrest of the suspects. Police believe the suspects were also involved in an attempted carjacking in St. Louis Park just two hours before the Edina incident, a Nov. 29 attempted carjacking, and a Dec. 6 robbery.

Police located the suspect vehicle from the Edina incident in Minneapolis over the weekend.

“Our town, and our neighboring towns, have had their security and serenity under attack from mobile criminals who are coming into Edina and other nearby communities to steal private property and in some cases injuring people who resist or assist a victim,” Edina Mayor Jim Hovland said in a recent letter to residents.


Anthony Gockowski

Anthony Gockowski is Editor-in-Chief of Alpha News. He previously worked as an editor for The Minnesota Sun and Campus Reform, and wrote for the Daily Caller.