The elderly woman managed to grab her cane before the man shoved her out of the car and drove away, dragging the woman’s friend behind him as he pulled out of the convenience store parking lot in Lakewood.
The women watched, stunned, as the 23-year-old driver crashed into a parked car as he fled the 7/11 store in the 15400 block of Union Avenue Wednesday.
While police listened to the victims’ story of what happened, two officers spotted the stolen Kia run a red light and speed through town. They flipped on their lights and sirens and followed the car until it crashed into another vehicle at 84th and McKinley Avenue.
Two men inside the stolen car took off running, not seeming to care that the officers had guns pointed at them.
Then one of the men stopped, turned around and ran back to the crash. He jumped inside one of the patrol cars and tried to drive away but he couldn’t figure out how to put it in gear. Police again pointed their guns at him.
“The defendant was forcibly removed from the Lakewood Police Department patrol car,” according to court records.
While being placed in the back of the patrol car, the man allegedly spit on one of the officers.
His escapade resulted in multiple charges and a judge ordering him jailed in lieu of $1 million bail.
He has pleaded guilty to second-degree robbery, eluding a pursuing police vehicle, attempted theft of a motor vehicle, third-degree assault, failure to comply with a law enforcement officer, hit-and-run and second-degree driving on a suspended license.
The victims told police they drove to the convenience store looking for one of their sons. One woman went inside the store to check for him while the other waited in the passenger seat.
The man allegedly approached the woman in the car and asked for change. When she told him she had none, he and a friend climbed into the car and began shoving the woman out. Her friend came out of the store and demanded he get out of her car.
Instead, the man drove away, dragging her behind him.