NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) – It was a beautiful afternoon in Mid-City. The Mascar family is even preparing to celebrate a birthday.
Leanne Mascar said: “I did strength yoga while walking the green Lafitte.
It all came to a halt around 1:30 p.m. near the intersection of North Scott and Bienville when neighbor Todd Ecker saw a gray car pull up at the intersection.
“It was pulling a woman with a seat belt outside the car. The door was fastened with her seat belt and she was stuck in it… I got out of the car and yelled please stop the other neighbors were screaming as well,” Ecker said.
He drove to stop them, an uproar that Leanne Mascar said she would never forget.
“She was screaming, and she was screaming to please let her go and then they slowed down and opened the door to kick her out and they took the corner by Rouses. As soon as I saw her, I screamed. I just started running for her, I thought if somehow I could do it, I don’t know what I could do, but I thought if I could get her out of this car… when I looked down her body was there, and her arms. .. It’s not something you expect to see,” said Mascar.
NOPD said the victim, Linda Frickey, 73, was dragged for nearly a block, her arm severed before being removed from the vehicle. In tears and screams, Leanne ran to get a towel from her home.
“She was lying there naked, and I think the humiliation she just had to endure was too much,” Mascar said.
By this point, anyone within earshot could assist them, including her husband, Mark Mascar.
“Just sitting next to a woman who is a mother or grandmother and watching her fade away, as my wife said we were praying. I didn’t, I was angry, I told her to stay in there because every time I heard the sirens, I was hoping and praying it was an ambulance. I kept telling her to stay in there, breathing, her eyes moving. I have never seen anything so horrible,” said Mark Mascar.
“If you’re too scared to go from your house to your car and can’t sit in your car making phone calls without some thug pulling you out and dragging you down the street, something’s wrong,” says Leanne.
While they recovered the woman’s car about a mile away, the NOPD said only four car robbers were responsible for the brutal carjacking. Neighbors say they couldn’t be much older than teenagers.
“God knows these kids can run through these justice systems over and over again. (District Attorney) Jason Williams, do your job,” Ecker said.
They get angry, they get angry, and change forever after witnessing a life for no reason.
“Watching what I saw today and feeling so helpless in the face of someone’s pain, so obviously it’s horrible to feel like that just want to help and do something and feel I feel so helpless that it infuriates me right now,” Leanne said.
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