Video: 67-Year-Old Dragged, Run Over With Own Truck By Carjacker
Police are seeking the public's help in finding the carjacking suspect who dragged and drove over the 67-year-old owner of the truck he stole.
The incident happened on the 12400 block of Carson Street, Hawaiian Gardens on June 25, 2013, at approximately 1:50 pm. After exhausting all leads, the police are now releasing the surveillance footage in hopes that someone can ID the suspect.
The victim parked his truck in the driveway of a local business and left the keys in the ignition, Los Angeles Sheriff's Department said in a press release. The suspect rode his bicycle past the truck, then, seeing the truck was unattended, returned and threw his bicycle in the bed of the truck and tried to drive off.
Realizing that the suspect was attempting to steal his truck, the victim ran back towards the suspect to stop him. The victim opened the driver's door and struggled briefly with the suspect, who drove the truck in reverse. The victim was caught in the door and dragged for approximately 25 feet.
The suspect continued to drive in reverse, running over the victim with the front tire. The suspect drove away westbound on Carson Street, leaving the victim in the middle of the street. Surveillance cameras from nearby businesses captured the incident on video from a few angles.
The 67-year-old suffered a fractured pelvis, fractured ribs and minor bleeding around his brain. He spent several weeks in intensive care and is now recovering at home.
The victim's truck was found abandoned in Southgate the next day, ABC 7 reports.
"The suspect dragged him, ran over him and left him for dead in the middle of the street. It appears he'll do whatever he can to get away," said Detective Mark Perez with the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department told ABC.
The suspect has a shaved head and is believed to be 5 feet 8 inches to 5 feet 10 inches tall and between 25 to 30 years old.
"We're hoping with the media and the public's help, someone can come forward and we can identify the suspect before he does this again," said Perez.
Anyone with information about this case is asked to contact Det. Perez at (562) 623-3566. Or if you wish to remain Anonymous, call LA Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS (8477).