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ISP: Good Samaritan carjacked in Newton County

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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 said.

According to 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 Illinois plates.

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.

The suspect, 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.


Posted 6/19/2019




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