A good Samaritan
who stopped to help a disabled motorist on U.S. Highway 41 in Newton County
found himself carjacked at gunpoint on Monday, the Indiana State Police
police, the carjacking occurred at 6:20 a.m. along U.S. 41 just north of
Morocco. The victim was released unharmed, a few miles away, while the
suspect fled east with the stolen vehicle, a gray Chrysler Sebring with
That vehicle was
subsequently spotted by Master Trooper Jim Strong on U.S. Highway 30 in
Plymouth, who attempted to execute a traffic stop, prompting the suspect to
lose control of the Sebring as he tried to flee, leave the road, and enter a
ditch, police said.
identified as Victor E. Cihonski Jr., 61, of South Bend, was medically
cleared at Saint Joseph’s Medical Center in Plymouth, then transported to
Lake County Jail and charged with operating while intoxicated, reckless
driving, resisting law enforcement, and weapon charges, police said.
Cihonski is facing
several felony charges related to the carjacking in Newton County and is
considered a person of interest in connection with armed robberies committed
in Cedar Lake and Lowell, police said.