Elderly carjacking victim speaks out

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by azfamily.com

Video report by Steve Ryan

Posted on January 22, 2014 at 7:46 PM

Updated Wednesday, Jan 22 at 8:00 PM

PEORIA, Ariz. -- An elderly woman who was pushed to the ground during a carjacking Tuesday said she is doing fine.

Sybil Narber, 89, was putting groceries in her car outside the Fry's Food Store at 91st Avenue and Union Hills Drive in Peoria when a man approached her.

"He just acted like a normal person that wanted to help," she said.

Narber said the man, later identified by police as 21-year-old Marshall Dixon, of Peoria, told her she left her trunk open.

"Naturally, I step away and look, and it wasn't," she said. "At that time, he says, 'Give me your keys.' "

Narber said Dixon had to wrestle the keys from her hands.

"I held them for a while, but I wasn't big enough to keep them from him," she said.

Dixon allegedly pushed Narber to the ground and fled the parking lot in her car. Police said he hit a vehicle before heading east on Union Hills Drive.

Peoria police were called to the Fry's parking lot shortly after noon.

A short time later, officers spotted Narber's car near Grovers and 43rd avenues in Phoenix. They followed it to 35th Avenue and Bell Road, where Dixon reportedly fled on foot into an apartment complex. Police apprehended him at the complex.

From the back of a police car, Dixon told 3TV he stole the car from Narber because he was "in a bad position."

"Things aren't going right," he said. "I lost my job. I lost everything"

According to court paperwork, Dixon told police he had to go buy heroin because he hadn't had any for a day.

"I think he needs a heck of a lot of help," Narber said.

Dixon faces charges of robbery and aggravated assault.

Police said Dixon, who has a history of theft, was in possession of checks that appeared to be stolen from his previous employer.

Narber said she woke up Wednesday feeling stiff but otherwise unharmed.

"I think I'm a very lucky person to have come through it," Narber said. "So many people are on drugs and stuff that it's just a shame. They just lose their life. That's all there is to it."

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