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Two Men Hailed as Heroes after Baby-On-Board Carjacking
Two Men Hailed as Heroes after Baby-On-Board Carjacking

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- It was a terrifying five minutes for one First Coast family after being carjacked in a Krystal drive-thru.

"I thought 'he's going to kill me. This is really happening. He's going to kill me,'" said Kelli Broadfoot.

Just after placing her order at the drive-thru, police said James Johnson forced his way into Kelli Broadfoot's truck- and she didn't waste any time fighting back.

"I'm hitting him and kicking him, and he's hitting and kicking and pushing," she said.

Johnson said Broadfoot hit her in the face several times, before forcing her out of the car, and speeding off with 13-month-old Lindsey still in the truck.

"When she hit the ground, she bounced right back up (and screamed) 'My baby!' It was not good," said witness Ben Kelly.

He was in the drive-thru line right behind Broadfoot and witnessed the whole thing.

He called 9-1-1, while his friend sped after the truck.

"Somebody let me have two cell phones, so I talked to 911 in one ear and my buddy in the other ear," said Kelly.

Kelly and his friend were able to give the police Johnson's location.

"I was so thankful. I owe those two men our life," said Broadfoot.

The entire incident lasted less than ten minutes, with authorities arresting Johnson at the intersection of Kernan and JTB.

Little Lindsey was reunited with her mother before midnight.

"I wanted to just hold her and wake her up and just love her," said Shawna Eriksen, Lindsey's mother.  

Lindsey slept through the night and then some after the ordeal, but amazingly survived the incident without a scratch.

"I woke up this morning and I heard her laughing and it was just music, music," said Broadfoot.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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