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Moment mum, 21, saves baby from three thugs who hijacked her car at knifepoint

Courtney Slater, 21, was lured to the area after her boyfriend Brandon Higgins advertised a pair of designer Louis Vuitton sunglasses and bag on Snapchat. Three thugs then robbed them in broad daylight

Terrifying moment young mum and baby attacked in Gorton car-jacking

This is the heart-stopping moment a model scrambled to save her two-year-old baby after she was hijacked at knifepoint by armed robbers in broad daylight.

Courtney Slater, 21, was lured to the area after her boyfriend Brandon Higgins advertised a pair of designer Louis Vuitton sunglasses via Snapchat.

The couple were due to meet a prospective buyer – only for three masked yobs to ambush Ms Slater while she waiting in their Renault Clio instead.

A neighbour filmed the terrifying ordeal in Gorton, Manchester, as Mr Higgins was chased away while Ms Slater was dragged from the car screaming: “Please, my baby”.

She managed to get to the back of the vehicle and save her son Lekai who was in the car seat before the thugs drove off.



This is the moment Courtney scrambled to save her toddler
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Today, Brandon Smith, 21, of Hyde, Kaydn Jones, 18, Salford and Tyrese Chisholm, 18, of Manchester were caged after pleading guilty to robbery.

Ms Slater said: “These guys just came out of nowhere, one tried to stab my boyfriend and another had a knife to my throat.

“I started screaming and crying and thought, ‘Oh my God, Lekai is in the back. What if he gets in the car and takes Lekai?’

“I’m going to have to get stabbed”.

She added: “It was terrifying – all I could think about was keeping Lekai safe.



Courtney said she feared she was going to be stabbed
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“I really thought I was going to get stabbed as there was no way I was willingly leaving the car with my baby in there.”

The horrifying robbery happened on June 17 after Mr Higgins advertised a pair of sunglasses and a Louis Vuitton bag for sale. H

He was contacted about the items later that day.

A price of £400 was agreed, and he offered to meet the buyers at 3pm and gave them his postcode.



Courtney was waiting by the car when the prospective buyers showed up
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Just before 7pm the couple were told by the buyer they were at the top of his road.

When they went to the agreed location, Chisholm lunged at Mr Higgins before turning on Ms Slater.

Chisholm demanded she get out of the car before holding a knife to her throat and grabbing her coat to pull her from the driver’s seat.

Ms Slater was given just seconds to free her son from the back of the car before all three men fled the scene in the vehicle.



Kaydn Jones who also admitted possession of a knife got three years and six months
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Multiple items including two iPhone 12s, designer Dior trainers and the Louis Vuitton bag and sunglasses were stolen along with the vehicle.

The car was later found dumped.

Police used CCTV to track down the gang.

Smith was jailed for three years and three months whilst Jones, who also admitted possession of a knife, got three years and six months.







Chisholm was locked up for jailed for four years. He also admitted driving while disqualified and threatening a person with a blade in a public place.

After the case, Det Sgt Helen Fletcher of Greater Manchester Police said: “This was a terrifying ordeal for the victim and his partner as well as her young child who had to witness his mother being dragged at knifepoint from a car.

“Thankfully no one sustained any injuries during the robbery but the end result could have been far worse. I’m glad we’ve been able to secure a conviction for all three males and I’m sure they’ll have plenty of time to consider their actions behind bars.

“I hope this sends a stark warning to anyone who thinks they can commit any type of violent robbery and get away with it without any consequences.”


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