Grandmother dies tragically after arm is RIPPED off in horrific New Orleans carjacking

Four teenage car thieves brutally dragged the grandmother for almost a block ripping her arm off in the process


                            Grandmother dies tragically after arm is RIPPED off in horrific New Orleans carjacking
Linda Frickey, 73, was dragged to death in New Orleans by carjackers (screengrab from WWLTV)
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NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA: A 73-year old grandmother had her arm ripped off and was brutally dragged for almost one entire block to her death. Linda Frickey was jumped by four teens in the afternoon on Monday, March 21 in the Mid-City neighborhood of New Orleans. She had just finished doing some shopping in the area as she left work when the tragic incident took place.

People on the block witnessed the gory incident unfold before their eyes. Frickey got stuck in the seat belt as the robbers were committing the crime. Reportedly, her arm and clothes were ripped off as the teenagers did not stop the car. This occurred at around 1.30 pm on Monday, March 21. The suspects have now been arrested. Her vehicle was later recovered at another location, 13 blocks away from the scene.

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“The victim, later identified as Linda Frickey, was pronounced deceased at the scene. The preliminary indicates that the victim was thrown from her vehicle during the commission of the offense. The suspects fled in the victim’s 2021 grey Nissan Kicks, bearing a Louisiana license plate 759FAR,” New Orleans Police said in a statement. 

According to the police, a 16-year-old boy and three girls (two aged 15 and another 16) were booked at the Juvenile Justice Intervention Center on one count of second-degree murder. “The mother of one of the 15-year-old female suspects turned her daughter into police. Later in the evening, officers located and arrested the male suspect and one of the female suspects at the location after receiving information from the male suspect’s parents,” police said. The remaining female suspect surrendered to police on March 22. All the teens have prior arrests. 

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People on the street watched horrified as the teens dragged the woman on the road. This was in addition to her horrified screams as she was dragged for almost one block. Neighbors ran to save the grandmother after she lost her arm and tried to help her as she was still breathing. However, the ambulance could not make it in time. It was later revealed that she never really had a chance at surviving and died at scene.

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A witness told WWLTV, "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. I heard screaming, like: 'You're about to die screaming." Another said, "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."

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Apparently, the teenagers did briefly pause the SUV to kick the grandmother out, however, they did not see if they had managed to throw her off completely. Leanne Mascar, a neighbor ran to cover Frickey with a sheet after the horrific incident. She said, "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. She was laying there naked, and I thought the indignity she just suffered it was already too much.”

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Mascar's husband who was waiting for the ambulance to arrive said, "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."

Kathy Richard, Frickey's sister-in-law said, "She would have helped anyone off the streets. She would have given them the car if they would have just given her the chance to step away.”
 

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