Owner confronts man stealing car in Mission; gets dragged 25 feet by fleeing suspect in early morning incident

The suspect turned south on Foxridge after taking the car from an apartment parking lot on 51st Street.
The suspect turned south on Foxridge after taking the car from an apartment parking lot on 51st Street.

The sound of his car starting woke a Mission man shortly after 4 a.m. this morning.

When he looked out the window, police said, he saw someone attempting to steal his 1996 Acura from the apartment parking lot in the 6900 block of W. 51st Street. He ran out to confront the man taking his car and as he struggled to stop the theft, the suspect started to drive away, dragging the car’s owner approximately 25 feet.

Mission police, who were called at 4:29 a.m., said the man watched the car being driven south toward the 5400 block of Foxridge Dr. and he saw a blue Chevrolet truck follow the Acura. The victim, police said, believed that the two may have been working together on the theft. He described both the person in the truck and the person who drove off in his car as white males in their twenties.

Officers who responded to the call found the Acura abandoned early this morning. The victim was taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries from the incident.

Merriam police reported that they recovered a 2013 Chevy Tahoe in the 6600 block of Frontage Rd. on Wednesday and took two people into custody. The Tahoe had been stolen from the 7800 block of 154th Street in Overland Park on Tuesday.