An 18-year-old "career criminal" tried to carjack a 90-year-old Upper Darby man yesterday, but was taken in to custody after being chased and tased by police, according to authorities.
The elderly victim, who obviously sweats moxie, at first didn't want to go to the police station to be interviewed because he feared he would miss his rumba dance class, said Upper Darby Police Superintendent Michael Chitwood.
The victim had just gotten in to his 2004 Buick at his home on Glenco Road near Chestnut Street at around 5:15 p.m., when Keith Alexander approached his open driver's side window and brandished what the elderly gentleman believed to be a knife, police said.
When Alexander opened the victim's car door and reached in to grab his key, the victim pushed a button on his key chain that activated an audible alarm system at his house, Chitwood said.
Alexander was sent running and Upper Darby cops chased him through a foot path that runs off of Glenco Road and in to Philadelphia, according to police.
After a struggle and a jolt from a Taser, police took Alexander in to custody and found on him a silver screwdriver with a black grip, which is what the victim believed was a knife, Chitwood said.
Alexander, of 63rd Street near Arch, was charged with robbery, theft, possessing instruments of a crime and related offenses. Chitwood said that Alexander has a long juvenile record, including many robbery arrests.
"This guy is a career criminal at 18," he said. "He's over here looking to rob and he picks a 90-year-old man? He's obviously a coward."
The elderly gentleman did go to the police station to give a statement but he was able to make it to his rumba classes in Broomall on time, Chitwood said.
"I called him this morning and said 'My officer said you were really concerned about missing your tango class,'" Chitwood said. "He said, 'No, it was a rumba class.' He was late and a little sweaty but he made it."