Woman clings to stolen car as it swerves

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Woman clings to stolen car as it swerves

UPDATE @ 8:30 p.m.

The two juveniles who stole a Chrysler Sebring early today while a 23-year-old Vandalia woman was clinging to the car hood were taken into custody this evening. They are facing aggravated robbery charges for that incident, according to the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office.

The youths also were involved in the theft of a 2009 Nissan Sentra in Moraine, which crashed into a fence on Myron Avenue in Trotwood when a deputy tried to pull them over on Annapolis Avenue, deputies said.

In all, six juveniles between 14 and 17 were taken into custody, which includes the pair involved in the aggravated robbery at the Valero gas station on Philadelphia Drive. The teens were taken to the Juvenile Detention Center and are facing multiple charges.

UPDATE @ 5:18 p.m.:

Three people suspected of stealing Martin’s car drove the vehicle to Moraine and stole a second vehicle, said Capt. Jeremy Roy, district commander for Harrison Twp. Two of the suspects are in custody and deputies are searching for the third, he said.

UPDATE @ 4:05 p.m.

A Vandalia woman held on for her life on the hood of her mother’s car as two young teens hit speeds of 80 mph, swerved and made hard turns to knock her off.

Cherity Martin, 23, drove to a Valero gas station on Philadelphia Drive around 1 a.m. to get a soft drink. When she looked out the store window, she saw the door of her mother’s Chrysler Sebring close. She ran outside to stop the teens, who had locked the doors, from taking the car.

“I seen him trying to put it in reverse so I hopped on top of the car, and I’m thinking, in my head, thinking they’re going to stop,” Martin said. “They didn’t.”

After he started moving the car, it was too late for Martin to get off because, “it was too fast.”

“He went in a swerve, trying to get me to fall off the car — did that three times — made a hard right, then left and then he hit a parked car,” she said.

All the while, Martin said the teens were recording her, and she “was looking at him dead in the face,” begging him to stop as she held on near where the windshield wipers are.

She finally did fall off at a dead end. Luckily a woman who witnessed it called police, but she left before help arrived.

She suffered a broken wrist and has a big knot on her head.

Her mother’s car was recovered in Moraine, where another car was stolen and found in Trotwood, according to the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office. Three boys jumped from the car in Trotwood and ran, with two of the juveniles captured. Police and deputies are working together to determine whether the thefts were done by the same group of teens.

EARLIER REPORT

A Vandalia woman was injured after jumping onto the hood a car as thieves were driving away with it — and holding on for a five-minute ride, according to a Montgomery County Sheriff’s report.

Cherity Martin, 23, of Vandalia, reportedly suffered a broken wrist and cuts to her arms and legs.

She had been driving her mother’s Chrysler Sebring before it was reported stolen just after 1 a.m. Thursday from a Valero gas station at 2800 Philadelphia Dr., the report said.

The report indicates Martin left the car running to run inside to purchase a drink. When she looked out the window and saw her driver’s door close, she told deputies she ran out of the store and jumped on the hood of the car as the suspect was putting it into reverse.

“Someone stole this lady’s car from the Valero gas station … on Philadelphia … we were following her because she was on the hood of the car and whoever stole the car was driving all crazy and … she fell off the car and she said they stole her car, her wallet and everything is in there,” said a female 911 caller.

“They were driving with her on the hood for like five minutes,” the 911 caller said.

Martin held onto the hood of her mother’s vehicle as two suspects drove north of Philadelphia Drive, west on Valerie Arms Drive, north on Hauk Drive, west on Garvin Road, west onto Burgoyne Drive, and north on Klepinger Road, according to the incident report.

Martin told deputies a suspect in the passenger seat jumped out and hid behind a bush on the corner of Haney and Klepinger roads. The woman fell off after the driver did a U-turn.

The woman was treated at Grandview Medical Center for her injuries.

The two suspects are described as males, between ages 12 and 16, wearing black clothing. One suspect was about 5 foot 5 inches and 100 pounds. The second is about 5 foot 8 inches and 140 pounds.

The stolen vehicle and four male juveniles were later spotted at the Miller Lane Walmart at 2:48 a.m. The vehicle was again spotted attempting to break into the Sprint store at the Greene in Beavercreek around 4:30 a.m.

Huber Heights also had a Sprint store broken into at 3:27 a.m. but it is unknown yet if the suspects were involved.

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