Iowa teens' carjacking attempt foiled by 75-year-old

Suspects claimed to be out of gas, officials say

Cameron Edwards and Jenna Shaw
Cameron Edwards and Jenna Shaw

A 75-year-old man fought off two Iowa teens in a would-be carjacking just outside of Kenosha, Wis. Tuesday morning, according to police.

The Kenosha County Sheriff's Department says two people pulled into the driveway of Alex Weber, 75, on Tuesday morning. The young man and woman asked Weber to help them because they were out of gas. Weber agreed and drove them to a nearby gas station where he pumped gas into a can for them. Weber then drove back to his home and began filling their gas tank.

Police say it was then that the man used a tire iron to try and choke Weber, yelling for the woman to "grab the keys." Weber was able to fight off the attack without giving up his keys.

The two suspects then fled in their car and were later located at a nearby Wal-Mart. Police apprehended Jenna M. Shaw, 19, of New London, Ia., in the store and used a Taser to subdue the male suspect, Cameron J. Edwards, 19, of Mount Pleasant.

"It is unfortunate that anyone would try to take advantage of someone offering to help," Kenosha County Sheriff Bill Beth said. "It sounds like these two criminals picked on the wrong person."Authorities are expected to charge both suspects with attempted robbery.

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