RICHMOND, Va. – Richmond Police are searching for a juvenile suspect who is wanted for crashing a stolen vehicle into a pedestrian and a West Cary Street store earlier this month.
The crash was captured on surveillance video.
The November 15 incident began as a vehicle theft at approximately 5:30 p.m. in the 1900 block of West Cary Street.
The car belonged to Glen Erwin.
His shift at this auto shop across the street just ended, and he was warming his car in the parking lot when the suspect hopped in and punched the gas.
Erwin was only feet away when he realized what was going on.
“I tried to stop him. He kind of hit me in the side, a little bit. I fell down into the water because it was raining. It went across the street and heard a big crash,” he added.
Police said the juvenile drove the vehicle across West Cary Street and struck a woman and crashed into Shyndigz 2go and Market located at 1831 West Cary Street.
“I’m surprised he got out and ran,” Erwin said.
The woman was seriously injured in the crash and transported to the hospital. Erwin suffered non-life-threatening injuries.
Police said the crash caused damage to the Shyndigz building as well.
Detectives are also asking for the public’s help to identify a group of individuals, possibly juvenile males, who ran from the scene. They are considered persons of interest in this incident.
As for the group of teenagers involved, Erwin hopes they are caught and learn there are consequences for everything.
“I’m sure we were all kids at some point and time and made some bad decisions and learned from our mistakes. Unfortunately, there were some people hurt," said Erwin.
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 http://www.7801000.com or by downloading and using the P3 Tips app on Apple and Android devices. All Crime Stoppers methods are anonymous.