Man Who Stole Vehicle With 5 Kids Inside: “Looking For Heroin”

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After a high speed chase, police have apprehended a central Minnesota man who carjacked a vehicle with multiple children inside.

28-year-old Samuel Adam McFarlane led police on a chase that reached speeds of more than 100 mph, hitting a building and another car during the pursuit. 

According to ABC 5, the criminal complaint said that on Christmas Eve a woman was driving her mother to work at a gas station in Minneapolis. Also along for the ride was the woman’s sister-in-law and five children all between the ages of 1 to 13.

When they arrived at the gas station, the five children remained in the vehicle while all of the adults went inside.

A short time later two of the children ran into the station to tell the women that the car had been stolen.

The oldest of the children said that when McFarlane got into the car she attempted to take the keys away from him. He then pulled out a gun and pointed at her instructing her to be quiet.

At one point the suspect stopped the vehicle, so the kids tried to escape. According to the child when they tried to get out McFarlane pushed one of the younger kids out of the vehicle, causing her to hit her head as she fell to the ground.

According to the complaint, the suspect then ran over the girl’s leg with the vehicle.

After driving “erratically” police chased McFarlane, where he proceeded to ram several police squad cars.

Upon McFarlane’s arrest he was interviewed by police where he told them that he was “looking for heroin” but couldn’t find any, according to the complaint.

He went on to tell the officer that he had gotten into the vehicle at the gas station because someone had stolen his phone and he was trying to get it back.

Police say they did not locate the handgun that was said to have been directed at the child.

McFarlane has been charged with kidnapping, first-degree aggravated robbery and criminal vehicular operation.

ABC 5 lists the possible punishment if in fact McFarlane is convicted:

If convicted, he faces up to 40 year in prison and $50,000 in fines on the kidnapping charge, up to 20 years in prison and $35,000 in fines on the robbery charge, and up to three years in prison and $10,000 in fines on the criminal vehicular operation charge.

H/T: ABC 5 KSTP

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