EXCLUSIVE: 87-year-old Milwaukee Man Escapes Armed Carjacking
In Milwaukee an 87-year-old considers himself lucky after an attempted carjacking Saturday night.
A passenger in his vehicle said - after she was dropped off - someone threatened the 87-year-old with a gun near the intersection of West Burleigh Street and North 52nd Street.
That passenger, who said she is 71-years-old, handled calling authorities throughout the night. She said she is upset with how long the police response took.
The woman asked not to be identified out of fear of retaliation.
"I began to get a little bit concerned when my cell phone rang. And he had called me from a location nearby. He said he had been accosted in the alley by three juveniles," she said.
"There was one next to him near the garage door who was tapping on his drivers side window with a gun," she said.
She says he floored it and started circling the neighborhood - not wanting to return home.
Back at the house, she said she called police downtown but would hang up after being kept on hold. She said she called 911 at 7:30.
After an hour of not hearing anything back from authorities she said she called again - this time to local precinct 7.
The switchboard operator told her police were having a busy night, she said.
"He had identified himself in the beginning but then I asked for his name again and he hung up on me," she said.
"So I called again and they told me it was on the boards and they were coming. But that did not happen and they did not arrive until approximately 3:30 or quarter-to-four in the morning," she said.
Responding officers were meticulous and professional, she said. But she also feels the situation should have gotten a faster response.
"I feel badly that he's actually considering leaving Milwaukee at this point," she said.
Milwaukee police could not be reached for comment on the situation. So far CBS 58 has not been made aware of any arrests in the case.