12-year-old calls 911 during carjacking

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SEYMORE, Ind. (NBC) – A quick-thinking 12-year-old used her cell phone to call police after the car she was in was stolen from a strip mall parking lot.

It happened in Seymour, Indiana Tuesday.

Police say the 12-year-old girl was waiting in the car while her mom shopped. That’s when 28-year-old Shawana Lucas allegedly jumped into the car and took off.

When the girl called 911 to report that the car was stolen Lucas tried to grab her cell phone.

Luckily the girl was able to call out landmarks to help police identify their location.

In the call, you hear the child tell 911 dispatchers about the incident.

  • Child: “I’m scared.”
  • Operator: “911 what’s your emergency?”
  • Child: “There’s a lady in the car. I don’t know who she is.”
  • Child: “Stop, no!” (yelling)
  • Operator: “Who are you screaming at?”
  • Child: “The person driving the car.”
  • Child: “Now we’re passing a sign saying Hampton Inn and Cracker Barrel.”

Police caught up with the car almost 20 miles away from the strip mall. No one was injured and Lucas was arrested.

Police are still looking for a motive.

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