Mom fights carjacker
POSTED: Saturday, June 23, 2012 - 9:00am
UPDATED: Saturday, June 23, 2012 - 9:04am
NBC NATIONAL NEWS — Dallas, Texas police are searching for a man who carjacked a woman and her baby Sunday afternoon after stealing from a nearby Walmart.
Police said the man stole a T-shirt from the Walmart and then jumped into the woman's car in a Starbucks parking lot while police were chasing him.
He didn't realize the woman and her 15 month old daughter were sitting inside the vehicle.
"I thought we were dead," Kari Kimbler said. "I thought he was going to take us somewhere and dump us off or kill us. I had no idea what was going to happen."
Kimbler said her husband had gone inside the Starbucks when the man jumped in the driver's seat and took off.
She said he started driving erratically, going the wrong way down Cockrell Hill Road.
"I started hitting him and beating him and screaming, 'My baby, my baby -- I have my baby. Please let us out. Please dump us out. I don't care where it is. Please let us out,'" Kimbler said.
She said the man initially refused.
"Then momma bear kicked in and I all could think was, 'I've got to protect my baby with all that I have,' and it came out, and I just beat the living daylights out of him as hard as I could -- in his head, just punching in his head, and she was screaming too," Kimbler said.
Kimbler said the man stopped underneath a bridge after five minutes.
"He did pull over," he said. "But as I was getting her out, he pushed us out to get us out and just kept going."
Kimbler said she can breathe easier now that she and her baby are home and safe, but she said the fear of what could have happened is still with her.
"I've told all of my loved ones how much I love them," she said. "And I hug my daughter tighter, and I hold her tighter, and I tell her how much mommy and daddy love her."
"I'm just so thankful she and I got out alive," Kimbler said.
Dallas police described man as an approximately 5'9" tall. A Latino man in his early 30's who weighs about 185 lbs. with a bald head and sleeves of tattoos on both arms.
He was last seen wearing a gray Texas Longhorn hat, khaki shorts and a dark colored shirt.