GASTON COUNTY, N.C. -- An attempted armed robbery in Stanley ended with a woman and her boyfriend beating up the man who tried to steal the woman’s car at knifepoint.
Madison Carrigan, 22, still has a swollen hand from throwing punches.
"I did pretty good work on him,” she said.
Carrigan says the suspect, Michael Anthony Greene, didn’t see her boyfriend Casey Huckle sitting in the passenger seat when Greene got into the car.
The fight was on.
"It was insane and intense, really,” Carrigan said, “Basically, adrenaline kicked in."
Their focus was getting the box cutter.
"Felt like I was fighting for my life because he could have easily hurt me right then,” Carrigan said.
She entered a BP gas station Sunday night alone to get a drink after the couple stopped for ice cream. Police say Greene stuck the knife in her back as she got back into her car.
"I was just stomping on him in the head and punching him."
Carrigan says the fight was enough for Greene to give up. They got the box cutter and held Greene until police arrived. Carrigan says Greene pleaded for them to let him go.
"And that's not happening,” she said.
Carrigan says Greene told police he was trying to sell the couple drugs, they jumped him and that's how the fight started.
Carrigan says that's bull.
Police charged Greene with attempted armed robbery, assault with a deadly weapon, resisting police and being drunk and disruptive.
Carrigan and Huckle are not charged.
A trip that started with getting ice cream and a soda ended in self-defense.
"I’m very thankful and proud of my boyfriend for taking action and protecting me,” Carrigan said.
The incident is caught on tape, but police aren't releasing it because it's part of their investigation.
Greene is in jail on a $100,000 bond. He has prior arrests and convictions for DWI and assault, court records show.