Tempe PD: Citizen challenges armed carjacker, forcing him to flee

PD: Citizen challenges carjacker, who flees
Posted at 3:00 PM, Jul 18, 2018
and last updated 2018-07-20 21:46:16-04

A good Samaritan has been credited with stopping an attempted carjacking in Tempe.

Tempe police on July 11 responded to the area of Guadalupe Road and McClintock Drive after reports that a man was trying to steal a woman's vehicle.

Police say the victim was outside her car when 27-year-old Cody James Hill tackled her in the parking lot and stole her keys at knifepoint. 

He was in the driver's seat, about to leave, when a man who saw the altercation confronted him. 

"Once she recovered from the initial shock, she was screaming get off me, leave me alone.," said Stephen Yeomans. "When I realized nobody else was coming to her aid, I jumped up and ran after him."


Police say Hill got out of the vehicle and ran across the street. 

We're talking to the good Samaritan about his brave actions and why he decided to step in, TODAY on ABC15 News at 6pm.

Hill then allegedly stole a mountain bike from another woman at a convenience store, but was soon caught by police. 

Police say the carjacking victim suffered cuts and bruises, but was otherwise unharmed. 

"I have teenage girls and I would only hope someone would intervene if they were in trouble," Yeomans said.

Police say Hill has a history of similar offenses, and has been charged with armed robbery and aggravated assault.