WILKINSBURG, Pa. - Police are investigating after a 61-year-old teacher was carjacked early Monday morning in Wilkinsburg as she was parking her car to go into school.
Authorities said Lois Clark, who works at Kelly Elementary School, had just parked on McNair Street about 7:45 a.m. when the suspect approached her with a stun gun.
“I couldn’t see what was in his hand. I thought it was a knife, but then I heard the Taser and I heard the sound. That made me realize that he had to make contact for it to work, so I kept moving my head around and jerking around,” Clark said.
According to police, the suspect tried to shoot Clark with a Taser, then she gave the man the keys to her car and he drove away.
"He tried to Tase me on the top of the head, but I fought him off. I kicked, and kicked and kicked," Clark said.
Clark was taken to an area hospital for treatment, but was not injured.
Clark said she saw the suspect sitting on a tree stump nearby before she stopped to park.
“I should have maybe driven around the corner or looked someplace else,” Clark said.
Clark has been a teacher in the school district for more than a decade, said Superintendent Archie D. Perrin Jr.
"It's just an unfortunate incident. It's sad but it's a sign of our times," Perrin said.
The area where the incident occurred is not school district property, he said.
"As a result of the incident, we will try to extend our perimeter for patrolling in the morning before students arrive and at all our sites for that very reason," Perrin said.
Notices will be sent to all employees encouraging them to be vigilant about safety, especially during the holiday season, he said.
Investigators said the suspect is a black male in his mid-40s, about 6 feet tall, weighing about 210 pounds. He was wearing a black knit cap and a dark-colored jacket.
"I was saying, 'You can have whatever you want, take whatever you want. It's yours just take it. Take it and leave me,'" Clark said.
The car is a green 2004 Honda Odyssey van with Pennsylvania license plate ECG-8414.
Anyone with information on the incident is asked to contact police.
Channel 11’s news exchange partners at TribLIVE contributed to this report.
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