INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – A 13-year-old boy was injured Thursday night after a carjacking on the city’s east side.
According to police, a man jumped into a white Chevy Malibu at the Admiral gas station in the 9100 block of E 21st Street just after 7:30 p.m.
A gas station clerk who was working at the time of the carjacking told 24-Hour News 8 that a woman panicked after the car took off.
“She was in the gas station trying to buy some gas and I guess she left her car on and she came out and after she heard the commotion she just started screaming and chasing after her car,” Keyana Scanlan said.
Police said the suspect didn’t know the 13-year-old boy was inside of the car at the time. He drove off and at some point, the boy exited the car.
Investigators are unsure if the boy jumped out of the car or was dropped off by the suspect near the Waffle House at 21st Street and Post Road. He was taken to Riley Hospital and is expected to be fine, according to IMPD officials.
Police said the suspect was speeding eastbound on I-70 and crashed as he was getting off at the Mt. Comfort Road exit. The car then burst into flames.
According to police, the suspect was found outside of the car when officers arrived at the crash scene. He was taken to Eskenazi in serious condition.
The car was not being chased and it wasn’t confirmed as the stolen car until the fiery crash was called in to dispatchers.
A relative confirmed the 24-year-old suspect’s identity to police Thursday night, but police have not released his name.