Carjacker Orders Girl Out of Car, but She Wouldn't Leave Her Sister

Wisconsin girl, 8, praised for her quick-thinking
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 8, 2024 10:50 AM CST
Girl, 8, Praised for Quick Thinking During Carjacking
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A dad's trip to the car wash with his two young daughters over the weekend could've ended in tragedy, but his 8-year-old's strategic thinking helped keep everyone safe. WISN reports that Adam Jorgenson was at the Kwik Trip in Oak Creek on Sunday morning, with 8-year-old Charley and 2-year-old Autumn in the back seat of his Roewe RX5, when he left his newly cleaned car running with the girls inside to search for a chamois. Jorgenson says someone in a purple Buick then parked at a gas pump and asked him for directions—and while that distraction was going on, another man jumped into Jorgenson's vehicle and drove away, along with the two girls, per TMJ4.

Luckily, Jorgenson's frightened but calm older daughter kept her head as they sped down the street, and the driver demanded to know where the keys to the car were. Charley says she wasn't sure whether she should "try to kick him or defend myself and Autumn," or stay quiet and let the scene play out. She opted for the latter after she realized her dad still had the car keys. "He told me to get out and I was like, 'What should I do? Should I run and be a scaredy-cat or should I save my sister, too,'" per NBC News. She stayed in the car. Once the driver realized his predicament, he dumped the car (and the girls) about a mile up the road and fled. Jorgenson, meanwhile, had left his cellphone in the car, which Charley used to call her mother.

Police were able to quickly locate the SUV after Jorgenson's wife tracked his iPhone, and both girls were unharmed. "It makes me really proud that we're raising our daughter to be sufficient on her own, to think 'How can I best get out of this situation?'" Jorgenson says. "How can I best resolve it? ... Should I sit back or should I take action?" Local police say they have three persons of interest in custody, all males between the ages of 17 and 21 who are now facing felony charges, per NBC News. (More carjacking stories.)

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