Daytona Beach, FL (February 25, 2019) - A 29-year-old woman identified as Jennifer Calabrese was arrested after trying to steal a car from an elderly woman while she was still inside of it.

Police say that, as of this morning, Calabrese remains on a $10,000 bond on a felony carjacking charge. The incident took place around noon on Friday.

Police responded to the area of 288 North Nova Road, which is located by a shopping mall at an intersection in the area. They found that a 70-year-old woman had just gotten in her Ford Taurus after a shopping trip when Calabrese opened the driver’s side door and sat on the woman’s lap. She attempted to start the engine of the vehicle so that she could steal the car.

The two women got into a physical struggle and Calabrese struck the elderly woman in the face multiple times. The woman kept trying to push Calabrese out of the vehicle while she was hit with hands and insults.

Officers say that, while the two struggled, the vehicle started to roll backward and struck another vehicle in the parking lot. Two men saw what was happening and tried to intervene. When one of the men opened the door to the vehicle, Calabrese fled the scene and was eventually chased down by police.

Police have not reported any other information on her arrest.

Daytona Beach Carjacking Laws

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