Woman using an umbrella foils would-be armed carjacker

September 18, 1996|By Ivan Penn | Ivan Penn,SUN STAFF

A 40-year-old Columbia woman, armed with an umbrella, defended her 1990 Lexus on Monday evening against a handgun-toting would-be carjacker -- and won.

The victim, Mary Taylor Zick of the 9700 block of Polished Stone, was getting into her car in the 9700 block of Patuxent Woods Drive in Columbia about 5: 20 p.m. when she was approached by a man wearing a stocking mask and displaying a revolver.

The man demanded her keys, but Zick refused and beat the man with her umbrella. The man retaliated, striking her in the head with the handgun. She fell to the ground.

Again, the assailant tried to take the woman's keys, but she refused. The attacker then ran to a car occupied by another person, and they fled.

The victim noted the car's license tag and reported the incident to police. The car had been stolen from Baltimore County on Sunday. Zick was taken to Howard County General Hospital, where she was treated and released.

Howard County police are investigating the incident.

Pub Date: 9/18/96

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