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A trip to Kmart turned to terror for one Lancaster mother, as a man stole her car with her two sons still inside from the store parking lot Thursday night.
Phillip Keith Sims, 31, of 3346 Pageland Highway, has been charged with carjacking, using a knife during commission of a violent crime and resisting arrest.
Police say Sims stole a gray van from a 29-year-old woman in the Kmart parking lot on North Main Street after she had just secured her two sons in their car seats, according to a Lancaster Police Department incident report. The incident happened about 7:30 p.m.
Sims, armed with a knife, approached the woman and demanded money, according to a Lancaster Police Department incident report.
“I have a problem – give me your money,” Sims said to the woman, according to the report.
He pushed her aside and entered the van, the report said.
A man in the Arby’s parking lot heard the woman scream when Sims started the vehicle. He got to the van as Sims started to back out. The passenger side door of the van was open.
The woman tried to get her two sons – ages 4 and 2 – out of the van while the witness tried to open the driver’s side door and prevent Sims from leaving, the report said.
Neither the woman nor the witness could stop Sims from leaving, the report said. The woman, who clung to the van “screaming in fear for her children’s lives,” was hit by one of the van’s tires, which left bruises on her legs, the report said.
Police later found the van in the Frank Street and Rose
Lane area. Officers checked homes on Heath Circle, based on witnesses, and heard a loud noise from the roof at 401 Heath Circle, according to the report.
An officer saw Sims jump from the roof of the home and run.
Officers caught up to Sims and took him to the ground.
Sims fought officers and an officer used a Taser on Sims when he refused to get into a patrol car after being handcuffed, the report said.
Sims was taken to Springs Memorial Hospital after complaining of ankle pain.
He was later taken to the Lancaster County Detention Center, where he is being held without bond.
The mother who was carjacked was reportedly hospitalized and released. She and her two children are reportedly fine, according to reports.