TAMARAC. FLA. (WSVN) - - Deputies are searching for a man who reportedly tried to carjack another man in broad daylight in the parking lot of a Tamarac Walmart.
According to the Broward Sheriff’s Office, the subject had been walking around looking for unlocked car doors in the Walmart parking lot, located at 6931 NW 88th Ave., on Dec. 5.
Surveillance video shows the subject leaving the Walmart. Miguel Leon, who was in the parking lot, noticed the subject checking multiple cars to see if they were unlocked.
Leon confronted the subject.
“I see him. I jumped out of my car, confront him, we start tussling — he gets the better of me,” said Leon.
That’s when the man tried to carjack him.
“The man asked me if I wanted to die today, and I said, ‘Not by you,'” said Leon. “It was either me or him, and it wasn’t going to be me that day.”
The subject pulled a knife, but Leon said he managed to fight him off.
“We fought for about two minutes. We tussled back and forth. He had the knife in his hand. I was able to knock the knife out of his hand,” said Leon. “After that, he got out running. I chased him, couldn’t chase him anymore – I jumped in my car, followed him a little bit. After that, called [Broward] Sheriff’s Department. They came and assisted.”
Leon sustained minor cuts and bruises. Despite his wounds, Leon said he’s glad to have stopped the would-be carjacker from doing something worse.
“It should be a safe place for them to come and shop,” he said, “not worry about some man jumping in cars, pulling knives on people and trying to take what people work hard to get in life.”
If you have any information on this attempted carjacking, call Broward County Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $3,000 reward.
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