Two good Samaritans tackled and detained a teenage carjacker who attempted to take the keys from a woman Monday morning, San Bernardino County Sheriff's Hesperia station officials said.


As the victim was standing near her driver's side door at about 10:30 a.m. in the 14100 block of Main Street in the parking lot of an orthodontist, she reported a teen grabbed her by her shoulder, spun her around and attempted to take her car keys by force, Sgt. Colleen Kuhn said.


When the 16-year-old grabbed the keys, the key ring broke sending the keys to the ground, officials said. The teen panicked and ran off, but two witnesses chased the would-be carjacker, tackled him and held him until deputies could arrive, Kuhn said.


"Sometimes we have Samaritans who help out, but we worry the suspect is carrying a knife or a gun and can hurt them," Kuhn said. "Thankfully this one turned out great."


Kuhn suggests people become good witnesses and relay as much information to Sheriff's Dispatch in similar situations.


The teen was arrested for attempted carjacking and booked into the High Desert Juvenile and Assessment Center.


Beatriz E. Valenzuela may be reached at 951-6276 or at BValenzuela@VVDailyPress.com.