Grandmother held at gunpoint in grocery store parking lot

Aaron Grywalsky
Aaron Grywalsky
Chief Wayne Kessinger
Chief Wayne Kessinger
Linda Swaney
Linda Swaney

CORYDON, IN (WAVE) – Corydon is not the kind of place where you hear about the big-city type of crime, so an attempted carjacking in the middle of the day at one of the area's most popular shopping spots is almost too hard to believe.

It was one of those trips for Linda Swaney and her 3-year-old granddaughter Callie.

Swaney was about to finish loading her groceries in her trunk when she said, "I picked up Callie and a man walked up and said he had a gun and he would shoot me and give me your keys."

Chief Wayne Kessinger said Aaron Grywalsky was on a joy ride to California with two 19-year-old girls he met at a homeless shelter in Ohio.

Kessinger said Grywalsky had already stolen the car the group was in to start the journey, "And pulled off here in Corydon and they were going to get some gas and the car broke down on them so they decided that they needed to steal another car."

Swaney was just in the wrong place at the wrong time, but she wasn't a victim. Swaney said, "And I just said, "no" and started screaming for help, "someone call the police. Someone call the police."

Kessinger spotted Grywalsky and his two teenage friends Sierra Gentry and Danielle Mason, about 30 minutes after the incident and arrested all three.

Linda said she has been replaying the attack in her mind and said she probably should have just given him the car keys, "Of course, after it's over with, you think back about what you should have done or maybe didn't do and it just didn't occur to me at the time."

Swaney said she was so grateful to the two people who were nearby who called police for her.

She said she did some shopping after the incident, but was much more aware of the people around her. She said when something like that happens to you it stays with you.

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