Woman carjacked in DeLand church parking lot, police say

Bruno Cirelli
Luglio 21, 2017

Two men were arrested Thursday, accused in the carjacking of a 93-year-old woman outside a DeLand church, police said.

Maraquita Steinmetz suffered minor injuries when she clung on to the steering wheel of her vehicle outside church after two men snatched her keys and sped off in DeLand, Florida, on Thursday, WKMG reported.

DeLand police said two men pushed a woman down in the parking lot of the church on West New York Avenue around 8:15 a.m. and then drove off in her vehicle.

Volusia County police ended up finding the auto and pursued the men briefly before they crashed the sedan into a backyard.

They took her keys and she tried unsuccessfully to stop them, grabbing the steering wheel. The woman attempted to stop the men from taking her auto and grabbed the steering wheel but was dragged before she collapsed to the ground.

Police say the woman suffered some cuts and bruises.

At some point, suspect Darius Matthews got in the auto.

Matthews was charged with carjacking without a firearm or weapon and resisting an officer without violence, while Perkins was charged with carjacking without a firearm or weapon and fleeing or eluding a law-enforcement officer with lights and sirens active.

Police officers pursued the suspects, who were arrested after crashing the vehicle.

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