Police: Suspect steals senior man’s car from local hospital, tries running him over with it

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Officers with the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department are still searching for a man accused of stealing another man’s car.  According to police, the theft occurred Monday while the victim was dropping his wife off at Spring Valley Hospital located at S. Rainbow Boulevard near Hacienda. 

Metro says the suspect has been identified as Stetson Schuyler.

According to the LVMPD EAC’s Facebook, Schuyler also tried to run the victim over with his own Hyundai Elantra when he stole it from in front of an emergency room. The victim suffered a head injury. 

 Police said before the car was stolen it was left running and unlocked while unattended.

“He was taking her in, on her wheelchair, and decided to leave his vehicle running with the doors open,” said Aiden Ocampo-Gomez, spokesperson for Metro Police.

According to police, the owner of the car who was in his 60’s, noticed Schuyler in the car and tried to stop him by standing in front of it. 

“The vehicle started moving, and it looked like he — it appeared he went on top of the vehicle and as the vehicle started to accelerate he rolled over and apparently injured his head at that moment,” Ocampo-Gomez said.

8 News NOW spoke with passersby in the area. They’re still shocked by the crime.

“We have to be careful,” said Willie Scott, driver.  “I mean people are out here doing some crazy things.  I feel really bad for him.  You take it for granted that this is just not going to happen to you and so it’s very unfortunate.”

Surveillance cameras captured Schuyler on the property before the theft occurred. 

“He was in the area; we don’t know exactly for what reason or for what purpose at this point,” Ocampo-Gomez said.

Metro Police recommend never leaving your car on idle or keeping your keys in the car, even for a couple of seconds because you present the opportunity to become a victim of crime.

“All I know is I’m going to start locking my car now,” said Galen Wilks, a local driver.

Metro Police recommend never leaving your car on idle or keeping your keys in the car, even for a couple of seconds because you present the opportunity to become a victim of crime. 

“If there’s somebody that wants your things, if they see that it’s available and easy to grab, they will try to take it,” said Ocampo-Gomez.

“It’s helping me right now think about, ok, did you just lock your car door?”

Henderson Police found the car Wednesday morning near Valle Verde Drive and the 215. 

The owner of the car injured by the suspect’s attempt to run him over is still in the hospital.

If you have any information about Schuyler’s whereabouts, please contact Detective J. McNeil P# 13340 (702)828-4814. 

To remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers at 702-385-5555 or visit www.crimestoppersofnv.com. Ref# 180813-3167.

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