Civilian helps police pursue carjacker
Detail officer was flagged down, caught suspect who forced young medical student back into her car by her hair and drove off
By Travis Andersen
The Boston Globe
BOSTON — A man is under arrest after he stole a car in Boston’s South End and kidnapped the female driver this afternoon. Careening briefly down city streets, he crashed the car into a van and was captured after a foot chase, Boston police said.
The victim, a 29-year-old medical student, was getting out of a car on Waltham Street to visit her boyfriend when the man grabbed her by the hair and threw her back in the car at about 3:20 p.m., said Police Superintendent Randall Halstead.
The carjacker drove off, but crashed into the van a couple of blocks away on West Dedham Street. A civilian witness saw the crash and alerted utility workers who, in turn, informed a detail officer, Halstead said. That officer chased the suspect and captured him near O’Day Playground, Halstead said. “I just want to thank that civilian who stepped up,” Halstead said. “This is a classic example of ‘See something. Say something.’ ... This is the basic building block of community policing,” he said.