KALAMAZOO (WKZO) -- It was a crime of opportunity, but that opportunity quickly went sour and now a Kalamazoo teen who was already on parole, will face a long list of new charges.
Just before 8 a.m. Saturday an employee of the Norfolk Railroad ran into the railroad tower at the corner of Porter and Willard and left the engine in his Chevy Tahoe running to warm it up.
When he came back out a few minutes later, he found a stranger sitting in his seat. He ran up to confront the thief who immediately put it into reverse and backed into a railroad sign.
The owner grabbed onto the luggage rack and held on as the carjacker sped thru the parking lot, dropping off just before the car thief sideswiped another vehicle. The owner was not hurt.
The teen sped off on Porter Street, losing control and hitting a utility pole, causing the air bags to deploy. Despite the crash he continued down Porter and drove out of sight.
The Tahoe was later spotted abandoned on Slater Street. The suspect was spotted at the New Horizon Apartment Complex and after a short foot chase across Gull Road, taken into custody.
The 19-year-old suspect was still on parole after a recent prison term for home invasion. He can add carjacking, reckless driving, driving without a license and resisting officers to the new list of charges he will face.