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RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — Detectives in Richmond have released additional video of a car thief who hit a woman and crashed into a Cary Street restaurant two months ago. The video also shows two ‘persons of interest’ who were apparently with the driver during this incident.
The incident occurred at around 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, November 15. Police say one victim who left their car running for a few minutes was standing nearby when the suspect jumped in the vehicle.
The suspect struck the owner of the vehicle while attempting to flee, and then crossed West Cary Street before striking a female pedestrian and crashing into a building. The suspect then got out of the vehicle and fled the area on foot.
Several other individuals — possibly male juveniles — also fled the area on foot at the time of the incident and are considered ‘persons of interest,’ according to police. They are shown running from the scene in the video.
The female pedestrian suffered ‘significant’ injuries and was transported to a local hospital. The owner of the vehicle who was also struck suffered injuries that were not considered life-threatening.
8News spoke with the owner of the stolen vehicle, Glen Erwin, about the incident.
“Car was actually a lot worse than I thought it was going to be,” Erwin admitted to 8News. “Unfortunately, there were some people hurt and you know … bad decision and bad ending.”
Erwin told 8News he works at Fritz Car Care and he kept his car running on the cold, rainy day.
“It doesn’t take much for somebody to hop in it and drive off,” Erwin said. He told 8News that he hopes the people involved are brought to justice.
“There are consequences for everything,” Erwin said. “Whether it’s a decision of something minor or major, I’m sure we were all kids at some point in time that made a bad decision and learned from our mistakes.”
Detectives ask anyone who can identify these persons to call Third Precinct Detective H. Troung at (804) 646-1067 or contact Crime Stoppers at (804) 780-1000, online at www.7801000.com or by downloading and using the P3 Tips app on Apple and Android devices. All Crime Stoppers methods are anonymous.
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