Rikki Spector was pulling her cellphone out of her pocket around 10:15 a.m. on Friday, Dec. 2 when two teenage boys dressed in school uniforms and wearing book bags raced toward her Buick. They then proceeded to pull the door open, Spector said, and threw her out of the car onto the concrete floor.
“They said, ‘White b—h, give us your car,’” Spector said. “I said, ‘You sons of b—–s, get out of here.’”
As she continued to yell for help, eliciting the response of two concerned garage employees, Spector said one of the teens fled, “running like hell.”
“I was screaming, ‘Gevalt gevalt, Help, help!’” Spector said. “Hashem was with me that day. One of my grandkids said to me, ‘Bubbie, why didn’t you give them the car?’ I said, ‘Give them the car? Are you nuts? I’m not giving them the car.’”
Fortunately for Spector, she said the fleeing teens were unable to drive the car out of the garage because she had the device that controlled the security gate.
Baltimore police arrested both teens involved in the incident — a 15-year-old male was arrested after the incident and a 13-year-old male was arrested early Sunday morning. They are both charged with attempted robbery and first- and second-degree assault, police said.
The 13-year-old, who fled the scene Friday, has a record that also includes carjacking, robbery, property destruction, drugs and assault and two counts of stolen auto, according to police.
While Spector suffered a black eye during the incident, she said she was thrilled the suspects were caught and taken off the street and thankful she didn’t sustain any other injuries.
City Council president Bernard “Jack” Young rushed over to be with Spector last Friday after she was taken to a hospital for her injuries, according to Lester Davis, Young’s spokesman.
“[Spector] is a strong fighter. The council president was heartbroken when he heard the news,” Davis said. “It is sad and unfortunate that she was a victim of such a cowardly act. She is not going to let two punks keep her down.”
Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake echoed those sentiments in a prepared statement, saying, she was “extremely disheartened” when she heard what happened.
“I am relieved to hear that she is recovering well and still her usual feisty self, but the violence on our streets is unacceptable,” Rawlings-Blake said. “Councilwoman Spector is a dear friend and colleague, and as with all incidents of violence, it is devastating when innocent people become the target of criminal behavior.”