1 suspect in custody after good Samaritan carjacked, run over trying to help crash victims in Perry County, Mo.
PERRY COUNTY, Mo. (KFVS) - A Perryville woman was injured after she stopped to help two men and a young child involved in a crash on Interstate 55.
According to Perry County Sheriff Gary Schaaf, a warrant was issued for 22-year-old Victoria Smith, of Memphis, Tenn., for felony vehicle hijacking, second-degree felony endangering the welfare of a child and felony receiving stolen property.
The sheriff said Smith was charged in connection with a carjacking. She is currently being held in Arkansas awaiting extradition to Perry County, Mo.
He said they will be seeking similar warrants on the other person involved in the incident, who is not in custody at this time.
According to the Perry County Sheriff’s Office, 37-year-old Stephanie Moll was driving northbound on I-55 just before 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, February 2 when she noticed two men in their early to mid-20s standing with what appeared to be a 2-year-old girl next to a crash scene at mile marker 132.
She stopped to help.
To keep the toddler warm and protect her from the winter storm moving through the Heartland, Moll placed the child in the back seat of her 2020 Toyota RAV 4.
As she was doing this, Sheriff Schaaf said the two men got into the front seat of Moll’s SUV and drove-off with Moll still partially inside the rear of the vehicle.
Moll’s right leg was broken when her vehicle ran over her as it was being stolen.
She was taken to an area hospital for treatment.
The sheriff’s department contacted Missouri State Highway Patrol and area law enforcement to be be on the lookout for the stolen SUV. It was last seen in Ste. Genevieve County.
Sheriff Schaaf said an officer tried to catch up to the vehicle, and followed it up to I-270, but lost sight of it in that area.
He said the stolen SUV was recovered in Mississippi County, Arkansas on Thursday.
In addition to the SUV, Sheriff Schaaf said the car the suspects crashed on I-55 was also reported stolen from Memphis, Tennessee on January 20.
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