An Ottawa man who fought off three would-be carjackers says everyone involved made poor decisions.

Johnny Scratch said he had just pulled into his laneway on Raymond Street in central Ottawa early Wednesday morning when three men approached him.

“As soon as they came out (and said) ‘Give us your keys’ I was like ‘Yup, this is not a good situation,’” he said later that day.

After being hit a few times in the back of the head and stomach, Scratch said he decided to fight back.

“As soon as they came out (and said) ‘Give us your keys’ I was like ‘Yup, this is not a good situation,’”- Johnny Scratch

“One guy tried to come at me and I swung before he could even get a chance to do anything,” he said.

“One guy I punched, I know I chipped a bit of his tooth, nothing big because I pulled it out of my knuckle… then I threw it at him out of rage.”

Scratch said the scuffle lasted around 50 seconds, then the three men ran away empty-handed and he called police.

He said he agrees with what police told him, that it may not have been smart to try and fight off his attackers — even though he was successful.

“If they had a weapon or a knife, or if they had any extra time, it could have been a way worse situation,” he said.

“Three kids, God knows what they were doing… they made a poor decision.”

Three suspects in late teens

Police described the three teenage suspects are described as follows:

  • ·A Caucasian man around 18 years old, standing 5’6” tall and weighing about 140 pounds. He was clean shaven with a thin build and was wearing a black toque, a baggy dark jacket and baggy pants.
  • A Caucasian man around 18 years old, standing 5’9” tall and weighing around 140 pounds. He had a thin build, a “spotty acne complexion” and a noticeable French accent and was wearing a dark Toronto Blue Jays hat, a dark baggy jacket and baggy jeans. Police said he may be the one whose tooth was damaged.
  • A black man around 18 years old, standing about 5’9” tall with a thin build, black moustache, wearing a dark Toronto Blue Jays hat, a dark puffy jacket with multiple colours around the bottom and baggy jeans.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Ottawa police robbery unit at 613-236-1222, ext. 5116 or Crime Stoppers at 613-233-8477.