So-called “Mama Bear” Jessica Leismann, whose car was damaged by a fleeing carjacker, has received brand new car, courtesy of a Dallas-area Kia dealer, KSFO (San Francisco) is reporting.
On Thursday, news broke of the story of Jessica Leismann, a Dallas-are mom who was driving down the road with her boyfriend, Charles Cook, and her son, T.J. Leismann, when an armed carjacker who was fleeing police slammed into her. Leismann, who had lost a son last year, wasn’t prepared to deal with losing another child. She and her boyfriend confronted the armed carjacker and delivered some “extra-judicial punishment” (read: a severe beating) to him until police arrived.
“I saw him come behind me and hit me. I turned around and asked my son, ‘Are you okay?’ and he was like ‘Yeah’ – so I jumped out the car and was like, ‘What the hell is wrong with you? You’re in a school zone. What are you thinking?’ He didn’t say anything.”
After Jessica’s story went viral, a Dallas-area Kia dealer stepped in to replace her damaged car. According to The Daily Mail, Southwest Kia in Mesquite gave Ms. Leismann a brand new 2015 Sedona minivan, which retails for about $32,000.
‘My kids are going to freak when I drive up in this.”
James Seale of Southwest Kia explains to The Dallas Morning News why he gave Ms. Leismann the new ride.
“I felt sorry for her because of what has happened to her family. I want something good to happen for her.”
Meanwhile, the carjacker who learned not to mess with an angry mother, Artrai Alexander, sits behind bars in a Dallas jail. He blames the police – not himself – for Ms. Leismann’s troubles, according to CBS Dallas.
“They should have been more upset at the police for chasing me.”
He also seemed to act as if Jessica and her boyfriend are alive because of his compassion and altruism.
“I actually could have pulled that gun. They should be grateful, yeah, that I didn’t pull the gun on them.”
All of the attention the story has brought has been difficult for Jessica to deal with. Reporters have shown up at her door. Her phone has been blowing up with calls and text messages.
“I don’t know how to take this. I don’t know how to take a car accident turning into something like this.”
For their part, the Dallas Police Department advises against confronting and beating and armed carjacker, like Jessica Leismann did, even if doing so means you might get a new car for your trouble.
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