Police: Woman, 76, dragged in carjacking at gas station
1 arrested in Holly Hill carjacking
[LISTEN: 911 call released in carjacking]
Holly Hill police said the woman, Jacqueline MacDougall, was pumping gas at the Sunoco station on Nova Road and Walker Street just after 9 a.m. when a man, later identified as Randolph Harris II, got into her white Chevrolet Malibu and sped off.
Harris dragged MacDougall, whose hand was on the pump, a short distance through the parking lot, along with the pump handle and hose assembly, according to Volusia County deputies.
"He was dragging her because she was putting the gas into the car. She was holding onto the pump and he drug her past the pump," a 911 caller said. "That's when she fell on the floor, on the ground, and she's just laying there and there's blood coming from the right side of her head."
MacDougall was taken to Florida Hospital Medical Center for a head injury and a broken arm. Annie Gomez, MacDougall's sister said she was bruised but should be okay.
“The helicopter was able to follow the vehicle on a circuitous route through Daytona Beach until Harris crashed into a tree near the intersection of Live Oak Avenue and the FEC tracks," said Chief Mark Barker. "Harris’ actions are despicable, and we’re glad to have him off the streets.
Harris crashed her car about four miles south of the Sunoco gas station. Harris, who faces charges of carjacking, aggravated battery and a variety of traffic-related crimes.
Harris faced a judge Tuesday afternoon who set his bond at a total of $85,000.
Harris was arrested on Aug. 3 for driving without a license. He is a convicted car thief just released from prison in April after spending two years there for auto theft. In May he was arrested again after stealing a car.
Local 6 spoke to workers and witnesses at the gas station who said they're still shaken up by the incident.
"I'm still in shock about it, wow, especially this time of day," said employee Scott Worster. "I heard the tires squealing and it was really loud and this lady pumping gas was getting dragged forward."
"I heard the crack when her head hit the ground. I heard it go crack like that -- he could've killed that little old lady," said Charmaine Green. "He could have drug her out to the middle of the road, and left her there, and someone would've ran over her or something."
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