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Mother Protects Kids From Alleged Carjacker: ‘He Messed With the Wrong Witch’ 

ABC News(BAYTOWN, Texas) -- A Texas mother's determination to keep her family out of danger drove her to battle an alleged carjacker until he fled from her minivan -- only to be struck by her vehicle as she tried to "stop him so he didn't hurt anybody else," the woman said.

While Dorothy Baker and her 2-year-old and 5-year-old sons were shopping Friday at a CVS in Baytown, Texas, a man identified as Ismael Martinez allegedly hid out in her unlocked van, police said.

When the family got back into the car, Baker said Martinez "popped up out of the backseat and said that if I didn't want my kids to get hurt, that I would do exactly what he said."

Martinez, 54, allegedly pulled a knife on Baker while she was driving and demanded she stop at an ATM for money, she said.

When she refused, Martinez allegedly became violent, she said.

Baker said she fought back, refusing to compromise the safety of her children.

"She's got a cut that goes across her chest, and she grabbed the knife and he bit her hand," Baker's husband, Charles Flugence said.

"I took my fist and I hit him in the face, and I told him to get out of my car," Baker said.

Baker intentionally drove her van into a telephone pole in hopes of sending Martinez through the front windshield, according to the Baytown Police Department crime report.

Police said she managed to dial 911 while she grappled with the suspect in hopes that a dispatcher might hear what was going on in the car and find a way to help, ABC station KTRK-TV in Houston reported.

"I thought, 'If you swerve and hit the pole, he's not wearing a seatbelt, he'll go through the windshield or at least hit his head, and you can stop him. You can do something to make sure that he doesn't hurt your kids,'" Baker told KTRK-TV. "That's all I was thinking of really, was just to get him away from my kids."

Police said Martinez eventually jumped out of the van and tried to flee. But before Baker knew it, she had run her car into him.

"I didn't mean to run him over," she said. "I was just trying to stop him so he didn't hurt anybody else."
Martinez was airlifted to Memorial Hermann Hospital in Houston with serious injuries after the alleged attack. He is expected to face felony charges once he is discharged.

Meanwhile, Baytown residents have rallied around Baker's bravery.

"She was trying to protect herself and her kids. I would do the same thing," resident Joyce Sparks said.
But Baker said she is just glad her family is safe.

"You don't come after people with kids," she said. "I told him he messed with the wrong witch."



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Suspect in Deadly California Carjacking Spree Identified

Hemera/Thinkstock(TUSTIN, Calif.) -- An unemployed 20-year-old went on an early morning shooting rampage in Orange County, Calif., on Tuesday, killing three people and terrorizing several other motorists whom he shot at and carjacked before taking his own life, police said.

After receiving dozens of 911 calls, and just as they were readying to confront him, police watched suspect Ali Syed jump from the last vehicle he stole that morning and almost instantaneously shoot himself in the head with a shotgun, authorities said.

Syed, a part-time student at Saddleback College, began his hour-long killing spree just before 5 a.m. PT, in his parents' Ladera Ranch home, where he shot an unknown woman in her 20s, according to Tustin Police Chief Scott Jordan, who briefed reporters Tuesday afternoon.

Police have not yet identified the woman or determined her relationship to Syed.

His parents heard the shotgun blast and called police, while Syed fled with a shotgun in their black SUV, Jordan said.

Syed drove to a Denny's parking lot in nearby Tustin, Calif., where he confronted a driver waiting to carpool his son, and shot the motorist through the back window of his vehicle, the chief said.  The unidentified man was wounded and remains in the hospital.

The suspect then stole a bystander's car from the Denny's lot and fled, according to Jordan.

Syed is believed to have driven that car only briefly before pulling into a Mobil gas station and confronting another motorist.

"I don't want to hurt you," Syed told the driver gassing up his car, according to police.  "I killed someone.  Today is my last day.  Give me your keys."

The driver handed over the keys to a BMW and Syed sped away.

From there, he pulled the car over and began randomly shooting at drivers proceeding southbound on California Route 55, Jordan said.

He hit three cars, severely wounding one driver who was hit by either a bullet or shrapnel in the hand and face.  That driver, who did not have a cellphone, managed to drive himself home and call police, Jordan said.

Syed then confronted another driver, stopped at a stop sign.

"He approached the victim at gunpoint, walked him across the road and executed him, shooting him three times," the chief said.

That victim has not been identified.

Syed then pulled into the parking lot of Tustin computer store Micro Center, where he allegedly confronted his final victim, later identified as 26-year-old Jeremy Lewis.  

Syed killed the man and stole his truck, according to police.

By then, "many calls were coming and [California Highway Patrol officers] got behind the stolen vehicle ... getting in position to make a felony car stop," Jordan said.

Before cops had the chance to confront him in the city of Orange, Calif., Syed "exited the vehicle while it was still in motion ... [and] almost instantly as he exited the vehicle, he took the shotgun, put it to his head and killed himself," the chief said.

Cops said they do not know Syed's motive.  They said he acted alone and was not part of a larger conspiracy.

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Naked Carjacker Is Former English Teacher, Real Estate Exec

ABC News(PHOENIX) -- An Arizona man who allegedly went on a naked carjacking spree that left seven people injured and caused several crashes has worked as a real estate executive and was once a high school English teacher.

John Brigham, 45, was ordered held on $100,000 bond Friday for the bizarre scene he allegedly caused last Friday. Toxicology reports indicated Brigham had PCP in his system at the time, police said.

Brigham, who has a degree from Norwich University in English and education, according to his LinkedIn page, worked as a high school English teacher at Chandler High School in Arizona from 1995 until 2003.

“He was a stellar teacher,” Terry Locke, director of community relations for the Chandler Unified School District, told ABC News.  "He left to pursue opportunities in the private sector making a lot more money. The school was sad to see him leave.”

Brigham currently works as a senior vice president at a commercial property management and brokerage firm in Arizona, according to his LinkedIn profile.

Around 1:30 p.m. on Friday, police said Brigham was involved into a three-car crash. After Brigham got out of his car, witnesses said his behavior was bizarre.

He took off all of his clothes with the exception of his socks and was “yelling and chanting,” witnesses told police. Brigham jumped onto the roof of another car before carjacking a woman in a blue Prius, leaving the scene of the first accident.

A short time later, investigators said, Brigham allegedly caused a second crash involving five cars.

The wife of a man involved in the crash said Brigham was undeterred and tried to carjack other vehicles, even though he had been ejected from the Prius at impact.

“He got out naked, running all over the place trying to get into other people’s cars,” the unidentified woman told ABC News’ Phoenix affiliate. “When he called and said he was hit by a naked man in a Prius, I thought it had to be a joke.”

Four people were injured in the second crash, including a pregnant woman who broke both her legs, police said.

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Mom and Baby Escape Carjacker

Thinkstock/Getty Images(BALTIMORE) -- A young mother is lucky to be alive after she escaped a carjacker by rolling out of her Lexus on busy highway I-495, the Capital Beltway.

On Wednesday night 24-year-old Elysya -- who didn't want to give her last name -- pulled into a gas station on Edmondson Avenue in Baltimore in her 1995 Lexus with her 20-month old son, Juju.

She was starting to exit the car to go inside the gas station when Terron Alvin White, 22, also a Balitmore resident, jumped in the driver's seat, and drove off. White reportedly reached speeds in excess of 100 mph, and side-swipped a state trooper on I-95.

Minutes later another trooper saw White on 1-495, the Capital Beltway. He tried to pursue White, but police said White refused to stop.

At one point White slowed to about 10 to 20 miles an hour and that's when police said Elysya grabbed her son in her arms, clutched him to her chest, and pushed open the car door.

"He was weaving all over the roads and kind of close to the shoulder when she decided to make her move," Maryland State Police spokesperson Elena Russo told

Fortunately for Elysya she was already nearly surrounded by police. Behind the trooper were three other patrol cars.

"I really didn't want to jump but I didn't know what else to do," Elysya told WJZ. "So I acted like I was putting my seat belt on with this hand and I pushed the door open while he was looking in the rearview mirror."

Shortly afterward White pulled over onto the shoulder of the Beltway and was taken into custody.

Documents obtained from the District Court of Maryland show White faces several charges including kidnapping of an adult and child, assault, and theft. Incredibly, Elysya only suffered a cut to her head and the baby escaped unharmed. They were both brought to Suburban Hospital and discharged Thursday morning, Russo said.

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