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Arrest made in carjacking of 79-year-old woman in Melbourne, police say

Incident reported on Dec. 1

MELBOURNE, Fla. – Police have arrested one teen accused of carjacking a woman on Dec. 1, the Melbourne Police Department said.

Police attempted to pull over a 2004 Lincoln in the area of Southgate Boulevard and Babcock Street.

The 16-year-old driver refused to stop, lost control of the vehicle at the intersection of Melbourne Avenue and collided with another vehicle in the intersection, police said.

The driver was taken to Holmes Regional Medical Center and was treated and released. He is charged with fleeing and attempt to elude, reckless driving, leaving the scene of a crash with injuries and driving while license suspended and attaching tag not to assigned to a vehicle. 

His 14-year-old passenger was taken to Arnold Palmer Hospital with serious but non-life-threatening injuries.

A 17-year-old passenger fled on foot, police said. She was found in the 2200 block of Greenway Drive with facial injuries.

Police found that she had an active felony warrant. She was treated for her injuries and then arrested.

Police have not said whether the 14-year-old will be charged.

The driver who was struck at the intersection of Melbourne Avenue was taken to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

The carjacking was reported at 1:15 a.m. Dec. 1 in Melbourne.

According to Melbourne police, the woman was leaving her home on Lipscomb Street when she was approached by a man and a woman. The pair got into the woman's Lincoln Town Car and told her to drive them to a house on Grant Street, police said.

After they arrived, the man tried to take the victim's car keys, but she would not give them up, police said. The man threw the woman out of the vehicle and the duo drove away, police said.

The victim suffered minor injuries, police said.

The assailants were described by police as a black man with a scruffy beard who was wearing dark clothing and a black woman with long hair.

The woman's vehicle was described as a blue 2004 Lincoln Town Car with Florida tag 314 LUN.