Cleveland man and 11-year-old grandson carjacked at gunpoint

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CLEVELAND- A man and his grandson were carjacked at gunpoint Monday afternoon.

The 79-year-old victim was approached by two suspects with guns while preparing to unload groceries outside his house on Burger Avenue in Cleveland.

“They looked like teenagers,” said Larry Fistek, “Came up with pistols pointing at me and wanted the keys.”

He said when he didn’t react quickly enough, they pushed him to the ground, and ripped his pants as they tore the keys from his pocket.

The suspects then slammed into his fence as they sped away in the stolen vehicle, and Larry became upset because he couldn’t find his 11-year-old grandson, Tony.

“We thought they’d taken him,” said Larry. “A neighbor helped me up and I was yelling for him and he wasn’t answering so I thought he was in the van.”

Cleveland police and paramedics responded.

It took awhile, but the boy was located in a neighbor’s yard.

The suspects had also removed him from the van during the carjacking, and he had run next door to hide.

“I was scared because they just came out of nowhere; they dragged me out and I landed right there,” said Tony. “I ran over behind the neighbor’s pool.”

Cleveland police are looking for the suspects and the stolen van which is described as a 2013 Chrysler Town & Country van.

The red van has significant front-end damage.

“The front end’s almost ripped off,” said Larry. “As it backed out of here, it caught the side of the fence; it was hanging on the side.”

Anyone with information is asked to call Cleveland police.

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