A man who carjacked an 18-wheeler and held the driver hostage for four hours surrendered to police late Sunday after they shot the vehicle’s radiator and tires and fired tear gas into the cab.
The driver and her dog ran to safety.
Samuel Scott Jones, 32, of Dallas, was booked into the Collin County jail late Sunday on a charge of aggravated kidnapping, said sheriff’s Lt. John Norton. Jones was to be arraigned Monday.
Norton identified the woman who was kidnapped as Christie K. Bundrun, 51, of Allen. She was reunited with family members at the sheriff’s department late Sunday.
The standoff followed a 3-hour police chase through three counties. It began about 4:20 p.m. in Collin County, north of Dallas, when a man called police to say that his wife had been carjacked.
Dallas police Lt. Rick Watson said the suspect ordered a man out of the truck before driving off with the woman. It was unclear if the man was the husband.
The chase wound along tollways, through downtown and residential sections of Dallas and onto Interstate 20 toward Fort Worth.
During the chase, the suspect conducted an interview with Dallas television station WFAA in which he said he did not believe the chase would end peacefully and spoke about injustice toward black men in the United States.
Suspect eyed in another carjacking
Department of Public Safety troopers pulled alongside the truck and a trooper used a rifle to fire at the radiator and tires, forcing the vehicle to a stop on the western edge of Fort Worth. The suspect surrendered about an hour later, after the tear gas was fired into the cab.
The man may also have been involved in two other carjackings prior to the chase, police said.
A man fitting the suspect’s description carjacked a Lexus just before 3 p.m., said Carrollton police Sgt. Patrick Murphy. The man reportedly pointed a gun at someone who tried to help the victim.
“Within 10 minutes that Lexus was wrecked just north of our city in Denton County,” Murphy said.
The suspect then flipped the car in a roadside ditch in Denton County, said Tom Reedy, a spokesman for the Denton County Sheriff’s Office. The suspect then took an Infiniti from a driver who stopped at the scene, police said.
“I pulled over on the side of the road and rolled my window down and asked if he was OK,” Dr. Joseph Surdacki told Dallas-Fort Worth television station KDFW. “The next thing I knew he put a gun to my head and just told me to get out of the car.”
The man then filled up the car at a truckstop near Fairview in Collin County, but could not get the vehicle to start. He then took the tractor-trailer, police said.
Collin County authorities said late Sunday they were not certain who was in the truck with the woman when she was kidnapped. Collin County authorities initially told Dallas police that the woman and her husband were in the truck.