82 year old woman fights back during carjacking, stabbing - FOX 35 News Orlando

82 year old woman fights back during carjacking, stabbing

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An arrest has been made in a violent carjacking involving an 82 year old who was stabbed during the incident.  

Daytona Beach Police took Michelle Marie Tessier into custody early Friday evening.  Officers said the 32-year-old Tessier is the woman who carjacked and stabbed Frieda Sanchez Friday afternoon at a gas station.  They said Sanchez was approached by the suspect who asked for a ride, telling Sanchez that she had a medical emergency and had to get to a Walgreen's on International Speedway Boulevard in Daytona Beach.

Sanchez gave her the ride.  When they stopped in the parking lot, police said the suspect pulled out a steak knife and stabbed Sanchez in the arm, then literally kicked Sanchez out of the car.   Sanchez fought back and pulled out a clump of her attacker's hair before rolling out of the car.  The suspect then left with the victim's 1995 gold Nissan, which still has not been located.

Blanche Loving witnessed part of Friday's carjacking.  "All I seen was the lady hit the ground, and the car door shut, and the lady take off in the car.  I didn't really see what happened, just the after effects."

FOX 35 stopped by Sanchez's home Friday night to ask her about her ordeal, but no one was there.  Police said her injuries are not life-threatening.

Officers said Tessier is no stranger to law enforcement.  Volusia County jail records show she has been taken to jail seven times over the last two years.   Previous arrests were for grand theft and dealing in stolen property.




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