NoLA grandmother, 73, killed after she was dragged and her arm was SEVERED by seatbelt in carjacking


NOLA grandmother, 73, is killed in brutal carjacking and has her arm RIPPED OFF by seatbelt as she was dragged by the car – while pleading with the teenage robbers to let her go

  • Linda Frickey, 73, of New Orleans, was dragged nearly a block after four teenage carjackers forced her out of her vehicle and her arm got stuck in the seatbelt 
  • She was reportedly leaving a local business when they attacked her – with witnesses saying she was screaming for the group to let her go 
  • By the end of the attack she was left lying naked in the road with a severed arm, while locals stayed with her and covered her with a sheet to protect her dignity 
  • New Orleans police have announced that all four suspects – aged 15 to 17 – have been arrested and have pending murder charges 
  • Police released a video of four after they found Frickey’s car 13 blocks from where she was left in the road 
  • All four teens have been arrested before this incident, according to the police 

A 73-year-old grandmother was killed during a brutal carjacking Monday in New Orleans, with a group of teenage attackers dragging her down the street for nearly a block while the woman screamed at them to let her go. 

Witnesses also described the gruesome scene after both her arm and her clothes were ripped off during the incident when they got stuck in the car’s seat belt.

Linda Frickey, 73, was dragged down North Scott Street in New Orleans after four teenage carjackers stole her car and trapped the grandmother outside her vehicle with her arm stuck in the seatbelt around 1:30 p.m. on Monday.

Neighbors ran out into the streets screaming for the assailants to stop as the elderly woman pleaded with her attackers to let her go. 

‘The lady was trying to put something in her vehicle, the guy jumped in and kicked her out and she got caught in the wheel well,’ a witness told WWL-TV. ‘I heard screaming, like: “You’re-about-to-die screaming” screaming.’  

Linda Frickey, 73, was dragged nearly a block down North Scott Street after four 'teenage' carjackers stole her car and trapped her outside the vehicle with her arm stuck in the seatbelt around 1:30 p.m. on Monday in Mid-City, New Orleans

Linda Frickey, 73, was dragged nearly a block down North Scott Street after four ‘teenage’ carjackers stole her car and trapped her outside the vehicle with her arm stuck in the seatbelt around 1:30 p.m. on Monday in Mid-City, New Orleans

She got stuck hanging on her arm on the outside of her gray SUV (pictured) after four teenagers stole her arm and  dragged her down the street, severing her arm in the process

She got stuck hanging on her arm on the outside of her gray SUV (pictured) after four teenagers stole her arm and  dragged her down the street, severing her arm in the process

The four suspect - which are aged 15 to 17 - have been arrested by police face murder charges. The police did confirm that all four suspect have been arrested before

The four suspect – which are aged 15 to 17 – have been arrested by police face murder charges. The police did confirm that all four suspect have been arrested before 

‘It was dragging a lady by the seatbelt outside the car. The door had closed on the seatbelt, and she was stuck in it…I got out of my vehicle screaming: “Please stop,” other neighbors were also screaming,’ another witness Todd Ecker told Fox 8.  

Locals said the teens did momentarily stop the vehicle to open the door to kick her out, but failed to make sure she safely exited the vehicle.  

A neighbor in the area Leanne Mascar said she ran inside to grab a sheet to cover Frickey after running to help the older woman once she was left in the street. 

‘As soon as I saw her, I screamed. I just started running for her I thought if I could somehow, I don’t know what I could do, but I thought if I could dislodge her from this car…when I looked down her body was already there, and her arm was…It’s just not something you expect to see, Mascar struggled to tell Fox 8. 

Frickey, a grandmother, was leaving a local business when the teens attacked her and she reportedly screamed for them to let her go

Frickey, a grandmother, was leaving a local business when the teens attacked her and she reportedly screamed for them to let her go 

The names of the teens who attacked the 73-year-old (pictured) were not released by police

The names of the teens who attacked the 73-year-old (pictured) were not released by police

‘She was laying there naked, and I thought the indignity she just suffered it was already too much,’ Mascar told Fox 8

Mascar’s husband Mark sat next to Frickey as she ‘faded away’ and ‘prayed’ for the ambulance to arrive soon.

‘I wasn’t, I was angry, I was telling her to hang in there because every time I heard a siren I was hoping and praying it was the ambulance. I kept telling her to hang in there, breathing, her eyes were moving. I’ve never seen something so horrific,’ he told Fox 8.  

The gray SUV was recovered 13 blocks away from where Frickey was left in the street and police have released surveillance footage of the four suspects walking and neighbors described them as being ‘teenagers.’ 

The NOPD have announced on Tuesday morning that all four suspects have been arrested and face murder charges.  NOPD announced that the suspect were a 17-year-old male, a 16-year-old female, and a 15-year-olds female – all had prior arrests.  

Locals are enraged at District Attorney Jason Williams for not ‘doing your job.’ 

‘God knows these kids probably run through these justice systems time and time again,’ Ecker said. 

Mascar said she was ‘enraged’ because she felt ‘helpless in the face of someone’s pain.’ 

New Orleans residents said in the wake of the brutal incident that they were ‘buying guns,’ adding that the feel the city is increasingly ruled by ‘fear’ due to rising crime.

Locals also called for the district attorney to do something, saying ‘we should not accept this as the norm.’ 

Todd Ecker has slammed the New Orleans DA, saying that he needs to 'do his job'

Leanne Mascar said she ran into her house to grab a sheet to cover the older woman, who was left lying naked in the street.

Locals Todd Ecker (left) and Leanne Mascar (right) saw Frickey being dragged down the street screaming. Mascar said she ran into her house to grab a sheet to cover the older woman, who was left lying naked in the street. Ecker has slammed the New Orleans DA, saying that he needs to ‘do his job’ 

NOPD Superintendent Shaun Ferguson acknowledged this call during a press conference on Tuesday. He said: ‘I challenged the community to play an active role in us identifying these individuals that are responsible in this horrible incident and the community did just that. 

‘So many of you decided to not allow this to be the norm, as I asked you not to do so. You decided to step up and say what it is that you saw or what you knew.’ 

Frickey’s family are also mourning the loss of their loved one, with her sister Jinnylynn Griffin writing on Facebook: ‘This senseless act affected our family. We lost a loving sister, wife, mother, grandmother, aunt and friend. RIP my beautiful sister Linda Frickey, you will forever be missed.’ 

Lisa Serio, who knows the family, also called for Williams to ‘do your job or resign!’ before saying Frickey was ‘such a sweet-looking elderly lady. I can’t stop thinking about this.’ 

The Frickey family isn’t the only ones left mourning in New Orleans as crime has continued to rise in the city. A 13-year-old boy was walking home when he was shot and killed in a double homicide. A bartender was fatally shot in the chest while working at a karaoke bar.  

So far this year there have been 128 motor vehicle thefts in New Orleans, 46 aggravated assaults, and 226 thefts. Theft is up from the 166 in the same time period last year, while motor vehicle theft and assaults were slightly down from the 140 and 53 respective cases. 

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