Police officer catches carjacker in the act

Posted at 4:13 PM, May 20, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-20 17:24:03-04
Talk about timing.

An elderly man nearly got carjacked at a Winter Haven Walgreens, but one of the witnesses knows a thing or two about crime fighting.

She's a Winter Haven police detective.

"I'm glad she was there because it would have gotten ugly, and I would have been on the ugly side," said Larry McClure, the 75-year-old man who is singing the praises of Detective Aida Roias.

"Oh, very lucky. She's my hero," he said.

McClure said he just ran into the store to grab some milk. When he returned, Jose Martinez ran up to him with threatening orders.

"He said, 'Give me your keys!' And I said the only thing I'm going to give you is a a-- kicking! And he said I'll take you down old man, and grabbed my arm and tried to take my keys," he said.

Roias happened to be in the same parking lot in an unmarked car and heard the commotion.

"I was like that doesn't look normal, what's going on?" she said.

Seconds after the attempted carjacking started, help arrived before anyone could even call 911.

"I couldn't believe it. I've never seen someone show up that fast!" McClure said.

Investigators said Martinez claimed he didn't sleep the night before and was just looking for shelter.

They suspect he spotted an older man and saw his opportunity.

"He could have easily taken down the older man. It could have turned out very bad," Roias said.