ST LOUIS, MO – A 35-year-old man who was the victim of a carjacking in St. Louis earlier in February says that the perpetrator had run him over, “7 or 8 times,” while in the process of making off with his SUV.
Police say that the suspect is still at-large.
The terrified, trapped dad could only think about his young children as the thief repeatedly ran him over with his own SUV. https://t.co/OFRqEimvlV
— KSDK News (@ksdknews) February 21, 2021
On the morning of February 18th, Eric Chancellor was reportedly warming up his 2011 Pontiac Torrent outside of his sister’s home in St, Louis, when he quickly ran inside the home to grab his wallet.
In that brief period of time that he went to grab his wallet, Chancellor says that his sister witnessed someone “hopping” into his Pontiac SUV:
“She just saw a guy at the last minute hopping inside my vehicle.”
Chancellor says that he ran back out front to try and stop the suspect from driving off in his vehicle:
“I reached for the front, passenger side door and tried to open the door. He took off then and I was still holding on.”
Apparently, the victim’s shirt sleeve had gotten stuck on the passenger side door, and that’s when things went from bad to worse, according to Chancellor:
“Everything happened so fast. I wasn’t scared until I slid in front of the car. He bumped me with the car, and I saw the car coming toward me. He dragged me and then ran me over.”
The suspect was said to have repeatedly placed the car into reverse and drive – running over the victim numerous times:
“He ran me over about 7 or 8 times. He’s revving and I’m seeing tires spin and he’s about to run over my face. That was the scariest part. At that point, I thought I was going to die.”
While this was happening, Chancellor says that all he could think about in those moments were his 4-year-old and 9-year-old children:
“All I could think about was, ‘I got to make it for my kids. I got to be there for them,’ so I’m just thinking about survival.”
While pinned underneath the vehicle, Chancellor credited an “angel” for saving him as he was blacking out during the incident:
“I was stuck. Something pulled me forward and got me from under there. Yes, I’ll say it was my angel.”
While having survived the ordeal, Chancellor is far from being unscathed – as the victim suffered several broken bones and is having issues with mobility:
“My cartilage in my chest is broken, my arm is broken and both of my shoulders are dislocated. I’m only lying on my back and I cannot sit up. It’s very painful right now.”
One of Chancellor’s friends, Malinda Rowsey, stated that it’s difficult to see her friend in such pain – but is thankful that he at least survived:
“It is hard to see him like that, but at the same time, it’s still a moment of gratefulness because he’s still here.”
One of the hopes that Chancellor is holding on to is that police will eventually locate his attacker:
“I just hope police catch him. I don’t think anybody should have to go through anything like that for something they work hard for. They should just get him off the streets.”
Chancellor had reportedly just purchased the vehicle two weeks prior to the attack, and authorities have yet to locate his stolen vehicle or detail any leads on the suspect.
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Carjackings have been an ongoing issue across the country since the ushering in of the new year.
Earlier in February, we at Law Enforcement Today shared a report about an elderly woman who is fighting cancer that was the victim of a violent carjacking in Pennsylvania.
Here’s that previous report.
PHILADELPHIA, PA – In an update to a previous story we reported on here at Law Enforcement Today, a 78-year-old woman who was the victim of a carjacking in late January in Philadelphia has recently recounted the harrowing ordeal.
"I just felt like I was going to die," said a 78-year-old cancer-stricken woman who was a victim of a brazen carjacking in Philadelphia. Police are still searching for the three suspects. https://t.co/D2mjNniqXl
— Action News on 6abc (@6abc) February 4, 2021
In those moments during the attack, the victim says she thought she “was going to die” by the hands of her three attackers.
On the afternoon of January 27th, Angelina Bellissima had parked her car along the 2700 block of South Smedley St near Oregon Ave where her and her daughter began to unload some groceries.
Little did Bellissima know, at the time, was that she was about to become the victim of an assault and carjacking.
Looking back on the traumatic experience, Bellissima stated the following:
“I just feel them come back, like hit me from the back and I feel this pepper spray in my face… They threw me to the ground, punched me in the face. They grabbed the keys out of my hand and I heard them saying, ‘Open the doors, open the doors.”
The three female suspects that were caught on video attacking the victim are still at-large and have yet to have been identified by police.
Investigators are hoping that the circulation of the video in which the attack transpired will help in tracking down the suspects involved in this attack and carjacking.
Bellissima, who had recently undergone cancer treatments prior to the attack on January 27th, had not only been attacked and had her car stolen by the suspects – she’d also suffered a stress-induced heart attack following the incident.
Since the assault, Bellissima has managed to regain her eyesight in her left eye that was affected via the physical trauma from the attack – but now she lives in fear due to her attackers still being at-large:
“I’m scared to death to go out because they’re not caught yet. I really am. Usually, I’m pretty strong. Let me tell you, I’m fighting cancer, but this time I’m scared because I know they’re still out there.”
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