Man who left automobile operating to heat up in south St. Louis run over by fleeing automobile thief

He instructed police the thief hit him along with his personal automobile, then backed up and ran him over a number of instances

ST. LOUIS — Police are investigating after a person was hit by his personal automobile after somebody stole it whereas he was warming it up Thursday morning.

Police stated they had been known as to a house on Bowen Avenue in south St. Louis at round 8:30 for a report of an individual struck by a automobile. After they arrived, the sufferer instructed police he was hit by his personal automobile.

The person stated he was standing within the doorway of his dwelling watching his SUV — which he left operating to heat up — when a suspect jumped contained in the automobile and began driving off. The sufferer stated he tried to get the automobile thief to cease, however the thief hit the person along with his personal automobile.

The person stated whereas he was on the bottom, the thief backed over him a number of instances earlier than fleeing within the Pontiac Torrent SUV.

Steve Murray says he first heard police sirens and plenty of commotion outdoors his dwelling. He then noticed his neighbor in a panic.

“I got here across the entrance after which the neighbor subsequent to me was telling me about her brother’s automobile that simply had gotten hijacked,” recalled Murray.

The sufferer’s accidents weren’t anticipated to be life-threatening. He was taken to the hospital for therapy.

“He was taken away in an ambulance and he was nonetheless alive. Sure, he is very lucky,” stated Marce Ostermeyer who additionally lives on the road.

The incident was simply blocks away from an identical automobile theft that was caught on digicam earlier within the week.

RELATED: Chilly-hearted crooks caught on digicam stealing home-owner’s automobile in south St. Louis

On Monday morning, police stated a Holly Hills home-owner instructed them he was standing on his entrance porch as his automobile was warming up. That is when a pink Ford 150 pulled up with three guys inside.

One of many needed suspects hopped out after which jumped within the sufferer’s 2011, bronze Audi Q5 SUV.

Police say the thief rapidly put the stolen SUV in reverse, crashed right into a parked automobile and tossed the Audi proprietor into the facet of one other parked automobile.

Regardless of the freezing temperatures, police say anybody warming up their automobile ought to keep within the automobile always.

In addition they say do not attempt to cease anybody from stealing your automobile as a result of that may very well be harmful.

Police say instantly name 911.

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