LANCASTER -- A Lancaster mother carjacked at knifepoint this week was injured as she fell from her vehicle, which was speeding away with her two young children inside.
The 29-year-old woman hung on to the side of the van as the vehicle took off Thursday night from the parking lot of Kmart in Lancaster, suffering injuries as a tire struck her after she fell, Lancaster police say.
Phillip Keith Sims, 31, of Pageland Highway was apprehended Thursday night after he jumped from a rooftop not far from where the woman's van was discovered. Police had to use a Taser to subdue him, according to a Lancaster Police Department report.
The children, ages 2 and 4, are OK, said a man who answered the phone at the residence Friday but decline to comment further.
The woman was putting her sons in car seats outside the discount store on North Main Street around 7:30 p.m., according to the report. Before she could get in the van, a man came up to her and said, "I have a problem. Give me your money," the report states.
The woman told police she saw a knife and gave the man her money. But he pushed her aside, got in the driver's seat and said he was going to take her children, the report states.
A man at a nearby Arby's heard the woman screaming for help and tried to stop the man from driving away as the woman attempted to grab her children from the van, according to the report. When she couldn't free her children before the van took off, she held on to the side of the van.
The woman's legs and body were cut, but no further information about her condition was available Friday.
Police located the van near Frank Street and Rose Lane, about two miles from the Kmart parking lot.
Police said Sims needed medical treatment for an ankle injury. Information about his charges was not available Friday evening.