Car thief gets life lesson by grandma who holds him at gunpoint

Don’t mess with grandma.

A 75-year-old patriotic grandma in Limestone County, Alabama helped capture a suspected car thief on Monday.

Police say she held him at gunpoint until deputies arrived.

“I walked out and said, ‘can I help you?’ And he said, ‘yes ma’am, I’d like to use your phone,’” Marcia Black, a grandmother of four, told WAAY.

According to police, she was talking to Cameron Powers, who they say been on the run for some four hours after crashing a stolen car during a high-speed chase with deputies near Black’s home in Limestone County.

“I was just calm as could be. I knew what I was doing. I was in control,” she said.

Black said she had a conversation with Powers from her front porch, keeping him in the sights of her hunting rifle.

“I wanted to keep him at a distance,” she said. “I didn’t intend to kill him. I just wanted him to think that I would shoot him.”

She said he made the mistake of inching closer to the home, which put her on edge, given that two of her grandchildren were inside watching after calling 911.

“He wouldn’t get down, so I shot in the air, and he realized I meant business, so he got down on his knees,” Black said.

Shortly after, deputies arrived – and THAT scared him.

“He feared the deputy more than he feared my rifle,” Marcia Black said. “And he jumped up and ran zig-zag right across the field.”

He didn’t get far. Police quickly caught him and cuffed him.

“It’s just amazing to me that I got to witness my grandmother in action,” said Black’s 15-year-old granddaughter, Allie Ruth Black.

Powers landed at the Limestone County jail on a $6,000 bond, charged with auto theft and attempting to elude.

“It’s just another day,” Marcia Black said. “If something happens, you take care of it and that’s it.”

Marcia Black is Limestone County District Three Commissioner Jason Blacks mom, and Allie Ruth is his daughter.

Posted by LET Staff | Jun 21, 2019 | Must Reads, News, Investigations, Featured, Patrol