Carjacker drags man, crashes into church as children play at camp

Owner of car clings to side mirror

ORLANDO, Fla. – An unidentified person stole a vehicle from a convenience store Wednesday afternoon, drove off with the owner clinging to door and mirror, then crashed into the side of a church, according to officials from the Orlando Police Department.

The incident began about 5:30 p.m. at a store at the corner of Tampa Avenue and Orange Center Boulevard, when someone jumped into the victim's car and drove off.

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Surveillance video obtained by News 6 from the convenience store shows a man wearing something on his head approach the car and back out of the parking lot.

That's when the video shows a man in a yellow construction vest run out of the store and jump on the hood.

Orlando police said the suspected carjacker dragged the victim for a half-mile before crashing into the Washington Shores Church of Christ, where more than 15 children were playing in a summer camp.

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"I heard boom. You know when two cars, like, hit and collide together?" said Sherell Crapps, who was working in the church office. "My first reaction was make sure the kids are not outside and make sure that they’re inside and that they are safe inside."

She said no children were hurt.

The victim was taken to Orlando Regional Medical Center to be treated for non-life-threatening injuries to his feet.

Police officials have not released a description of the person wanted in connection with the carjacking.

Check back for more information on this developing story.

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