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article imageFeisty Indiana grandma fights off pistol-packing carjackers

By Megan Hamilton     Dec 11, 2014 in Crime
Indianapolis - If a trio of would-be carjackers thought they were going to steal a van from a 67-year-old woman in Indiana, they had another thing coming.
Kay Kise didn't back down, and when one of the thugs pointed a gun in her face, she slapped it away.
She came away from the confrontation with serious injuries, including a badly swollen eye, broken bones in her face and bleeding on the brain. However, there was no way she was going to give the carjackers her van, NBC News reports.
Kise was returning from doing a bit of Christmas shopping when she returned home around 7 p.m. last Sunday. She pulled into the reserved handicapped parking space in front of her home. While grabbing her shopping bags, a teenager approached her, according to WTHR.
"He come up to my car and he said, 'Do you know where Hendricks Place is?'" she said, per WTHR. "I told him it was just two blocks over and continued grabbing my shopping bags. The next thing you know, I turned back around and he had this gun right in my face."
After noting two other men walking down the street at the same time, she began to think the question was merely a distraction.
Then the thug holding the gun demanded the her car keys, said Kise, who's a grandmother.
She told him:
"'You are not getting the keys to my car.' He said, 'I said give me the keys to that car,' and I shook that gun out of my face and I said, 'You are not taking my car.'" I said, "I have not had it that long and you are not getting it.'"
Then a struggle began outside the van and Kise was hit with a volley of blows to her face and head, but she doesn't remember getting hit. She screamed during the struggle and that got the attention of her 13-year-old neighbor Shantel Johnson.
Johnson looked out the window and saw the elderly woman outside of her van.
"So I went down to see what was wrong, and her face was bleeding and it was swollen," Johnson said. "So I ran back upstairs and I was like, 'Mom, Mrs. Kay is hurt! Mrs. Kay is hurt!'"
The Johnsons called 911, but the three suspects had bolted the scene by the time officers arrived.
Kise had only bought the van last summer.
"I know it's just a vehicle, but it's the only thing I've got," Kise told Fox59 News. "And I don't have no money to buy another one with. So they weren't going to take it from me."
"I wasn't about to let no young punk take my car."
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