On October 4th, a 31-year-old mother was injured as she was run over while trying to save her children from a carjacking. At about 8:45 Thursday morning, the woman and her two children had gotten into her 2009 Jeep Grand Cherokee and were preparing to head to school when she realized she had forgotten something. She left the vehicle running as she went back inside the home; upon coming back out of the house, she witnessed two males which she described as “younger looking” getting inside her vehicle with her children.
As the alleged suspects began to drive off with the woman’s 7- and 8-year-old boys, she ran toward the vehicle screaming in an attempt to get them to stop, according to a release issued by Roseville police. The suspects did not listen to the pleading mother, and instead fled at a high rate of speed from the driveway. In the process, it is alleged that they struck the woman with the vehicle and subsequently ran over her legs in their efforts to get away.
Still in the woman’s vehicle, the suspects fled from the 26000 block of Collingwood Street to the 18000 block of Marquette Street. They lost control of the Jeep, striking a telephone pole. The suspects then jumped out of the vehicle according to police and fled on foot; the two boys jumped out of the vehicle and were not injured. Eyewitnesses told police that the suspects were picked up by a vehicle described as a dark-colored small SUV or minivan.
The woman was hospitalized and suffered head and leg injuries. On Friday morning following the carjacking, she was upgraded from critical to stable condition. A search continues for the suspects; Roseville police ask that witnesses call 586-447-4483.
Carjacking is a very serious criminal offense; Michigan carjacking attorneys know you may be charged with grand theft auto, joyriding or unlawfully driving away an automobile (UDAA). Even when no weapon is involved in the commission of the crime, you can face charges of carjacking. In the offense described above, the suspects could additionally face charges of kidnapping as well, which could ultimately mean life in prison and fines of as much as $50,000 if convicted.
If you have been charged with carjacking, contact a capable Michigan criminal defense lawyer immediately to protect your legal rights.