LANCASTER — A Lancaster man who deputies say tried to unsuccessfully carjack two women kicked over an angel statue at a church before he was arrested Monday while walking.
At about 2:30 p.m., a woman called deputies and reported that she was sitting in her car on Mammoth Oaks Drive when Jeremiah Stewart, 21, pulled her out of the driver’s seat and took her keys, according to a Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office news release. Stewart then got into the driver’s seat and started the car.
After a brief struggle, the woman was able to get in her car and drive away. She was uninjured.
Deputies spoke with another woman who told police Stewart flagged her down on Standing Timber Drive, the release states. When she stopped her car and got out to speak with him, Stewart pulled her away from the car and tried to get into the driver’s seat. The two struggled, but the woman was able to get back in the car and drive away.
Minutes later, deputies spoke with witnesses at the nearby Shiloh Associate Reform Presbyterian Church who said that Stewart kicked over an angel statue in front of the church, causing less than $2,000 in damage, the release states.
Deputies found Stewart walking on Shiloh Unity Road and arrested him, charging him with two counts of attempted carjacking and malicious damage to property less than $2,000. He is held at the Lancaster County Detention Center on a $2,500 bond.