App Helps OKC Police Find Carjacking Victim's Ride
OKLAHOMA CITY - A disabled man is thankful to have his car back after a frightening carjacking. Richard Lowry, 25, is accused of snatching the keys out of the victim’s hand and stealing his car.
The 24-year old victim, who is disabled and only wants to use his first name, Kendell, was at CiCi's Pizza near I-240 and South Western when he realized he left his wallet in his car. As he was walking to his car, Lowry approached him and asked for a ride.
“He asked me for a ride but I told him no,” said Kendell. “Because I didn’t want him to take my car.”
Kendell said Lowry grabbed the keys out of his hand.
“Then he went in my car and got in it and drove off with it,” said Kendell.
Police said Lowry hit another vehicle as he was driving out of the parking lot. Witnesses and CiCi's employees came to Kendell's aid and called police.
Due to Kendell's disability and limited driving experience, his mother has a GPS app on her phone to track the vehicle.
“It came in very handy,” said Kari. “I was able to tell the police where he car was when it went offline. Sure enough, that’s where the vehicle was.”
Police caught up with Lowry and the stolen vehicle at an empty apartment complex on South Agnew.
“After a short foot chase, he was taken into custody along with another person who was there who had a warrant for their arrest.” said Msgt. Gary Knight, Oklahoma City Police Department.
Kendell is thankful he was not injured and has his car back. His mother is also relieved but angry the suspect took advantage of her son.
“He’s actually a year older than my son,” said Kari. “So, he could just get out and get a job. Instead he is going to try to steal from my son who has had to work harder than anyone because of his disability.”
Police said Lowry also used the victim's debit card to buy cigarettes. The clerk at the convenience store where the card was used identified Lowry and confirmed to officer’s he used the card.
Lowry was arrested and taken to the Oklahoma County Jail on complaints of larceny of a vehicle and robbery by force or fear.