Neighbors in one Atlanta community said they're on alert after a recent carjacking attempt ended with the female victim shooting her attacker.
The incident happened at a Ponce Highlands neighborhood near Ponce de Leon and North Highland avenues.
According to Atlanta Police, the woman had just gotten into her car around 10:30 p.m. when her attacker Sebastian Fontana walked up to her window. At that point, the victim locked the doors to the vehicle. The carjacker displayed a firearm in order to scare her to open the door and allow him into the vehicle.
The woman, fearing for her life, let him in and told her, "We're going to have some fun."
Police reports stated Fontana got frustrated because he couldn't get the key in the ignition and didn't know how to drive a manual transmission, put the gun down in his lap and that's when the woman grabbed his gun and tried to get out of the car.
The suspect grabbed her, bit her several times on the arm leaving visible marks, and attempted to pull her back in the vehicle. At some point during that struggle the woman used his own gun to shoot him in the leg.
Several neighbors on Blue Ridge Avenue heard the woman screaming for help, called 911 and ran outside to help and keep an eye on Fontana, who police said they found lying in the middle of the street.
Investigators said the carjacker had over $1,100 on him at the time and his own car was parked nearby. There's no way to know what he intended to do next. This could easily have turned into a kidnapping incident or the next unsolved rape and murder case in Atlanta.
It's fortunate that it happened in a community like this. The neighbors stepped up and helped out and may have prevent an even worse crime. That may not always be the case and you have to consider these things in the days and times we're living in. ALWAYS have a safe action plan in place when out travelling. ALWAYS be cognizant of your surroundings and pay attention to who may be watching you. In that particular neighborhood, it's common for people to park on the street and walk over to the restaurants and shops just a block away. After this recent attack, residents say they're more aware now, and plan to keep an eye out for anyone or anything suspicious.
In this case, the victim saw an opening and she took it. Fortunately, it worked out for her. Because of her brave actions to defend herself and refusing to be a victim, the police were able to get the suspect into custody. Her mindset to survive at all cost saved her life. Although she initially saw her attacker approaching and made the decision to lock the doors, her attacker forcing her to open the door by brandishing a firearm posed a real threat that anyone should consider. How would you have reacted? What if you were with your loved ones, how would you have responded?
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