GASTONIA, N.C. — The Gastonia Police Department said a man not only stole a woman's car out of a parking lot, but also hit her with the car as he fled early Tuesday morning.
According to a Facebook post from the department, an officer was patrolling along Union Road near Hudson Boulevard when he heard a woman screaming just before 12:30 a.m. When he found the woman and her daughter in a parking lot, he saw the woman was hurt and needed help.
The department said the officer then learned the woman's car had been stolen by a man, and the suspect reportedly hit her with it as he drove away in it. As the investigation continued, the woman was taken to a nearby hospital to be treated for her injuries.
It wouldn't be long until the car was found abandoned just a few blocks away. The department says a K9 officer and his handler got a track from the car and found 61-year-old Marshall Wayne Lancaster nearby. Officers said they determined he was the suspect and arrested him.
Lancaster is charged with motor vehicle theft and aggravated assault.
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