Woman, 80, hurt in S. Jersey carjacking

Posted: April 01, 2013

The 80-year-old woman from Bellmawr was getting into her car Sunday morning, having finished Easter breakfast at the Metro Diner on Route 130 in Brooklawn.

It was around 10:40 a.m., her family had just left when a man ran up, dragged the woman out of her vehicle by an arm, and drove off in her car.

He was apparently fleeing after being recognized by employees at a nearby Rite Aid where he had shoplifted twice in two days, Brooklawn police said.The man had stolen merchandise around 6 p.m. Saturday at the Rite Aid directly adjacent to the Metro diner, and then returned early Sunday to do it again, Brooklawn officer John Gundle said.

So when "this same knucklehead" came back a second time, Gundle said, employees suspected something was up. This time, he was trying to return the stolen goods in order to pocket the cash when the store manager began to look through the surveillance footage, Gundle said.

Apparently spooked, the man ran out the door and over to the diner's parking lot, Gundle said. As the woman was pulled from her gray 2008 Honda Accord, she put up a fight.

"She did try to fight back, she fought him off, she got injured a little bit on her arm and her shoulder," Gundle said. "She said she fought as much as she could."

The victim was examined by paramedics but declined to be taken to a hospital, he said.

Her assailant was described as a tall, thin, white male in his mid to late 20s, with thin facial hair and a lip piercing. He was last seen wearing a gray hoodie, black baseball cap, blue jeans, and black sneakers and was headed north on Route 130 in the Accord, which has a New Jersey license plate E87AZD. The woman's pocketbook, containing credit cards and cash, was inside the vehicle, Gundle said.

The man faces charges of first-degree carjacking, shoplifting, assault and related offenses.

Anyone with information on the assault or who sees the car is asked to call Brooklawn police at 856-456-0750, extension 110.

Contact Jonathan Lai at 856-779-3220, jlai@phillynews.com, or on Twitter @elaijuh.


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