Baseball Coach Saves Teen In Armed Carjacking After Wrestling Weapon Away From … – Inside Edition

A baseball coach is being lauded as a hero after he bravely saved a California teen from being kidnapped during an armed carjacking, according to reports.

Dylan Graham, 28, was helping a 16-year-old boy practice for upcoming baseball tryouts at Hickman Field in Kearny Mesa on December 23 when a gun-wielding man reportedly approached the pair and forced them into Graham’s Jeep, the boy’s father told NBC San Diego.

With the coach in the driver’s seat and the boy in the passenger’s seat, the man ordered them to drive to Ramona, where he initially said he would let them go but after making a call, told them his plans had changed, the television station reported.

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As Graham drove toward the suspect’s initial desired location, which was about 28 miles away from where they were abducted, he reportedly lunged at the gunman, who had begun smoking in the back seat, and grabbed his weapon.

Two shots were fired into the roof of the Jeep, which had veered off the road during the struggle. After the SUV crashed, Graham told the boy to run as he held the suspect at gunpoint.

The coach reportedly fired two shots at the feet of the suspect, who ran away as he bled from his forehead and clutched his leg. The suspect then carjacked another vehicle that was driven by a 79-year-old man, who managed to jump out of the car, officials said.

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That car was found abandoned in a parking lot.

A suspect was arrested in connection to the incident, but further details were not immediately available, San Diego Police said. Anyone with information is urged to call SDPD at 619-531-2000. 

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