September 21, 2014

Medina
Intermittent clouds
69°F

Wadsworth woman pushed from vehicle during carjacking

Minutes before stealing a blue 1998 Toyota Corolla from Suzi Snyder, police said this man was caught on security cameras at the Marathon gas station, 143 Broad St., Wadsworth. They said the man is in his mid- to late-20s, about 5-feet, 6-inches tall and 165 pounds. To report information on this carjacking to the police, call (330) 334-1511. (PHOTO PROVIDED)

WADSWORTH — A 41-year-old Wadsworth woman was injured during a Mother’s Day carjacking at a service station.

Suzi Snyder fought back against the man who stole her blue 1998 Toyota Corolla, which was captured by a security camera at the Marathon service station, 143 Broad St. The video shows Snyder replacing the gasoline nozzle at about 7 p.m.

Suzi Snyder

As she was closing the cover to the gas cap on her car, a man is seen opening the driver’s side door and getting in. Snyder immediately jumped in after the man.

“I just saw him getting in my car, and I tried to stop him,” Snyder said. “I don’t know what I was thinking.”

The man drove away from the pumps, pushing Snyder to the ground.

“Normally I’m not such a brave person,” she said. “I’m just so glad my little boy wasn’t with me when it happened.”

Snyder said the car’s tire struck her left leg. She was taken to Summa Wadsworth-Rittman Hospital, where doctors told her the leg wasn’t broken.

Snyder speculated that the carjacker may have been watching her at the gas pumps.

She said her car wasn’t running when the man got inside, but her keys were in the ignition.

Wadsworth Police Detective Dawn Schismenos said police are searching for the vehicle. Police described the suspect as in his mid- to late 20s, about 5-feet-6 and 165 pounds. He was wearing jeans and a purple, hooded sweatshirt.

Snyder said a passerby in a vehicle appeared to pursue the thief in her car east down Broad Street, and then north onto Overlook Avenue toward Farr Avenue and Hartman Road.

Schismenos said the pursuer lost the vehicle when the thief accelerated.

The car’s license plate number is DPV6212.

Anyone with information about the carjacking is asked to call Wadsworth police at (330) 334-1511 or email wadsworthpd@gmail.com.

Contact reporter Nick Glunt at (330) 721-4048 or nglunt@medina-gazette.com.