HOUSTON, Texas (NBC) – A Houston news crew was nearly carjacked early Monday morning.
The crew was stopped at a red light when a vehicle sideswiped the news van. As the crew got out of their vehicle, the driver of the other car attempted to carjack them.
“He’s like ‘get out of the vehicle, get out of the vehicle!’ He said, ‘I’m stealing your vehicle, I’m stealing your vehicle, and he tried to pull me out. We’re buckled in, and he’s like ‘get out, get out, get out.’ Sofia couldn’t get out, I couldn’t get out. At that time two female officers transporting a suspect was right beside us, and one of them came around to to help us,” said photographer Damon Sales.
When that Houston police officer stepped in to help, the driver argued with the officer. He then dragged the officer out of her cruiser that contained a juvenile the officers were transporting.
The suspect took off in the cruiser. Officers say the suspect dropped off the juvenile a few blocks away unharmed, then kept going.
Two officers received non life-threatening injuries. The news crew was shaken up, but unharmed.
Police later found the stolen cruiser in the southeast part of Houston, but the suspect is still on the loose.