When a crazed man jumped into a car, intent on carjacking it, he had no idea that he would be outsmarted by a child. With her little sister inside, one brave big sister was about to make the psycho carjacker regret his decision. “I just went for it,” the 12-year-old said. “Nothing passed my mind except, ‘He is a psycho and he needs to get out of the car.’” Then, the unbelievable smackdown happened.
Mother Brandie Weiler stopped her van to help victims of a car accident when her act of generosity turned frightening. Fox News reports that while Weiler was on the phone with 911 dispatchers, the man who caused the crash approached the van with her two daughters inside. The man’s name is Paul Salsman, and the car accident was not the last thing to go horribly wrong for him that day.
“I could see him going toward the van, and I’m screaming,” Weiler recalled. “The next thing I know, he started going towards my van. He opened the door and got in. My kids were in it so I was trying to run back to the car.”
Twelve-year-old Madison Weiler sat in the front seat of the van, as her 7-year-old little sister Mollie was strapped in a car seat in the back. When it became apparent that Salsman planned to drive away with the van, Madison sprang into action, outsmarting him immediately.
“He was saying all these things like, ‘Let’s go,’ and, ‘I need to get to this place,’” Maddie told WTKR. “I put the car in drive because that is a safety feature on the van, and held it there.” With the transmission in drive, Maddie knew there was no way Salsman would be able to start the car.
As Salsman fumbled in his attempts to start the car, Madison started beating him. “I thought he was going to take us,” 7-year-old Mollie said, but she quickly learned she would be safe as she watched her older sister give Salsman a beat down. “It was amazing because she has never done that.”
Madison suffered a broken wrist during the altercation but her plan worked. Salsman exited the van and was promptly arrested. Police say that they had to tase the man twice before he was finally taken into custody. He was charged with three counts of felony carjacking, felony hit and run, and driving under the influence of drugs.
Watch the video report of Weiler’s experience, below:
When asked what other girls should do if they find themselves in similar danger, Madison offered three words: “Just fight them.”
Most adults would have a hard time facing a terrifying, drug-influenced man after witnessing a car accident. Madison Weiler made it look easy and prevented an inevitable Amber Alert. Thankfully, she and her sister are fine and, other than a broken wrist, are healthy and as safe as can be. Most likely, Salsman will think twice before ever messing with another little girl.