Elderly woman says she tried to fight off carjackers with her cane

Two suspects in Michigan were arrested for carjacking an 88-year-old woman in a Walmart parking lot – after the elderly tried to get the best of one with her cane, authorities said.

Jason Malinas, 38, of Sterling Heights, and Jessica St. Clair, 41, of Wayne, are facing charges after police say they attacked Gloria Kevelighan on Tuesday after she parked her 2017 Ford Escape in a handicapped spot at a Walmart in Livonia.

“He pushed me and I fell flat on my face,” Kevelighan told WJBK. “I hit my head, I was bleeding and everything.”

Kevelighan, whose car and purse were later recovered, said the frightening incident happened in a blur.

“It was traumatic but it happened in seconds,” she told the station. “It happened before I knew what was happening. I had my purse on my arm and he kept pulling so I finally let go, you know. I’m a mess but I’m alive and that’s the important thing.”

But Kevelighan – who escaped serious injury but suffered bruises to her face and arm — did her best to up a fight, she said.

“I tried to hit him with my cane but I couldn’t, he seemed to want to stay behind me,” she said. “So I couldn’t see his face, you know? I tried to turn around and sock him with my cane. If anyone bothers me, I use my cane.”

Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy said Malinas and St. Clair were arraigned Thursday on charges of carjacking, unarmed robbery and five counts of stealing a financial transaction device. St. Clair was in the passenger seat at the time of the attack and both she and Malinas were arrested about six hours later, Worthy said.

Malinas and St. Clair were each ordered held on $2 million bail. They are expected to return to court on Thursday for a probable cause conference, Worthy said.

Kevelighan, meanwhile, didn’t hesitate when asked how she would react if she ever crossed paths with Malinas again.

“I’d kill the son of a bitch,” she told WJBK. “The way he pushed me, he didn’t care, he was very strong.”

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