A carjacking suspect crashed into a vehicle, stole the car after throwing the driver out, rammed into a police car, crashed into a third vehicle and then fled on foot before he was finally captured during a wild chase through the streets of Philadelphia that was caught on video by SkyForce10.
The ordeal began shortly before 8 p.m. Monday on the 1800 block of Germantown Avenue. Police on patrol spotted a Kia Sorento that was stolen at a car dealership in Cherry Hill, New Jersey, last Thursday. During Thursday's incident, a man took a 2022 Kia Sorento for a test drive and then carjacked the car salesman at gunpoint, telling him, “Get out of the car or I’m going to shoot you right now. I’m taking your car.”
When the officers tried to pull over the Sorento Monday night, the driver, identified by police as 30-year-old Samuel Ferraro, fled the scene, police said. Both police vehicles on the ground as well as a police helicopter pursued the suspect.
SkyForce10 then captured the moment Ferraro rear-ended a woman driving a Lexus on Adams Avenue and Crescentville Road. After the crash, Ferrero got out of the Sorento, pulled the woman out of her Lexus, threw her to the ground, got inside her car and drove off.
The chase continued for several minutes. At some point, Ferraro intentionally crashed into a police cruiser in a parking lot, investigators said.
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Ferrero then crashed into a parked car and another vehicle on the 5700 block of Tabor Avenue. He then got out of the Lexus and fled on foot. He started running down a sidewalk but slipped on the ice. Pursuing police officers finally captured him.
Ferraro was experiencing shortness of breath and was taken to the hospital for observation. Police said they also found a small quantity of narcotics in his possession.
The 36-year-old woman who was pulled out of her Lexus suffered a minor back injury. No officers were hurt during the chase and the driver of the other vehicle that was crashed into didn't appear to be seriously injured.
Police believe Ferraro is the same man who stole the Kia Sorento at gunpoint last Thursday. They also said Ferraro had seven prior arrests, mostly burglaries and thefts. Ferraro used a stolen ID of a man who looked like him during the carjacking in Cherry Hill, investigators said.