Florida man accused of carjacking his own grandmother in bizarre crime

Feb 16, 2024

There used to be an unspoken code among even some of the most hardened criminals.

And that was you never went after family.

But this Florida man is accused of carjacking his own 77-year-old grandmother in a bizarre crime.

Granny’s gotta go

Alan Aspinwall was arrested and charged with carjacking, domestic battery on a person 65 years of age or older, and theft from a person 65 years of age or older.

It seems Aspinwall wanted a car and favored grandma’s ride.

According to a police affidavit, obtained by FOX 35, Aspinwall allegedly carjacked his own grandmother on February 6.

The Lake County Sheriff’s Office said at 10:15 p.m. that night, police responded to a home in Leesburg, Florida after reports of battery and auto theft.

When the police arrived, Aspinwall’s grandmother told them her grandson had asked her to unlock her car, so he could grab something out of the trunk. 

But, when she walked outside to make sure the car was unlocked, Aspinwall allegedly ripped the keys from her hands and pushed her to the ground on her driveway.

Then, after stealing the keys and knocking his own grandmother down, he got in his grandmother’s car, and fled the scene, according to the affidavit. 

Deputies reported that the 77-year-old woman had injuries consistent with her statement, including a small cut on her finger, a cut on the top of her hand, and another one on her forearm. 

Police tracked down the granny gangster and took him into custody later the same day.

Wasn’t me

Not surprisingly, Aspinwall denied having any involvement in the violent attack or the theft of his grandmother’s car, the police affidavit said.

But his actions told a much different story. 

“The defendant stated multiple times that he felt remorseful for what happened but would not provide any information regarding the incident itself. The defendant continued to deny involvement; however, the defendant wrote a four-page ‘apology letter’ to the victim,” the police affidavit obtained by the local Fox station stated.

In his four-page letter, Aspinwall thanked his grandmother for “always forgiving him.”

“Dear Grandma: First and foremost you are the most beloved person in the whole world coming from me and everyone else. I want to apologize for not being the young man you raised. … You are my everything. … I’m truly sorry for the negative events that’s been going on in my life, my mind has been so in the gutter. … Thank you for always forgiving me even if I’m wrong,” the letter said.

Aspinwall went on to write that when he comes home from prison, he promises he “will be the great example of a loving father and loving grandson.” 

“Tell (my son) that his daddy was wrong. Tell him to always respect his grandma,” Aspinwall wrote. 

Aspinwall also wrote that he was sending “his” car key to his grandmother and asked her to make sure she locked “his” car.

The sheriff’s office said Aspinwall was already wanted for an indecent exposure charge and has now added carjacking, theft, and battery on a person over 65 to his charges. 

The ever-loving and forgiving grandma said she believes his addiction led to these incidents.

DeSantis Daily will keep you up-to-date on any developments to this ongoing story. 


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