A Florida-born man is charged with kidnapping as Pennsylvania State Police claim he carjacked an ambulance at gunpoint with a patient inside, WTSP writes.
Local officials reports that Brian Timothy Kada Jr., Philadelphia, walked onto the westbound side of the expressway near Girard Avenue while the ambulance was transporting a patient.
Kada, who was in a hurry, didn’t find better option but to point a gun at the two operators stuck in traffic jam during the rush hour and jumped into the passenger side.
“It was pretty scary. He was weaving in and out of traffic, on a blowout tire riding on that rim. I thought he was going to flip over,” eyewitness Brian Perkins said.
Perkins was on the expressway when the hijacked by the 25-year-old vehicle nearly hit him.
“All of the sudden there was an ambulance in my rear view mirror. He’s just coming at me. I pull over to let him by. He swerves, almost clips the front of the car. I notice a blown out tire in the back, and smoke coming out from under the hood,” Perkins said.
“He took over the ambulance and started riding on the shoulder,” McShea said. “He clipped the mirror of another vehicle, and at some point, the rear tire became flattened,” said Pennsylvania State Police spokesman Cpl. Gerard McShea.
According police officers, Kada drove the stolen car westbound on the expressway before it became disabled near City Avenue. After that the suspect left the ambulance and was quickly taken into custody by police.
By the way, the hostage inside the car was unharmed and taken to a local hospital.
Now the unlucky hijacker is facing charges of kidnapping, aggravated assault, firearms violations and related offenses, informs Philly.com.
It seems like people will always find what to steal. Thus, last spring thieves in Germany stole 5 tons of Nutella.
The theft, estimated at about 16,000 euros ($21,000), took place past weekend in the city of Niederaula in the central state of Hesse, said police.
In the mentioned region there were other large quantities of food products stolen, including five tons of coffee worth 30,000 euros taken in March and 34,000 cans of an energy drink in August.
According to a police spokesperson, the site of the thefts is near a road transport hub not far from Frankfurt where truck drivers living in the region tend to park their lorries at weekends.
By the way, earlier this year another man stole an ambulance, that time in Arizona.
Cesar Garcia stole an empty car which was parked right by a local police station. However, police soon found the vehicle via GPS, and alerted officers at the Tempe Police station that it was heading their way.
“When [Garcia] got to Tempe and officers attempted to stop the ambulance, he failed to stop, took off and drove to his house,” Tempe Police spokesperson Mike Pooley said. “I don’t know what was going through his mind.”