Police say a 9-year-old boy tried to fight off a Charleston man who attempted to steal his family’s car at a West Side convenience store.
Charleston police said Jonathan Martin, 32, of Sissonville Drive approached a 2001 Buick LeSabre in parking lot of the One Stop convenience store, located in the 100 block of Lee Street West.
Lt. Kim West said Stephanie Medford of Charleston had left the Buick in the lot Wednesday night with the keys in the ignition and the engine running while she went into the store. Waiting inside the vehicle were her four children: a 9-year-old boy in the front passenger seat and three younger boys, aged 3 years, 19 months and 4 months, in safety seats in the back, police said.
Martin allegedly got into the vehicle and tried to shift it into drive, according to a complaint filed in Kanawha Magistrate Court.
At that point, the oldest of Medford’s children, who had been sitting in the front passenger’s seat, grabbed the car keys and pulled them out of the ignition, the complaint said. Martin reached for the keys, trying to take them away from the boy, but was unable to, police wrote in the complaint.
Martin, who stands about 6 feet tall and weighs 280 pounds, then punched the child in the face, causing the boy to fall out of the vehicle, the complaint said. Police said Martin then got out of the car and tried to run across Lee Street to get away from the scene.
He didn’t get very far before tripping in the middle of the road, the complaint said.
Officers said they found Martin lying in a parking lot across the street from the convenience store and that the man talked to them as he was being arrested. He said, according to the complaint, “I was trying to take the car. I know I’m stupid. I knew the kids were in there, sorry.” West, the lieutenant, said Thursday that the children, including the 9-year-old, were not injured.
She said Medford, the mother, got a stern lecture from officers about leaving her children in the car, but she said the woman was just happy that her children were safe. …
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