Crime

Kansas City man accused of shoving woman, 91, from moving car

After carjacking two women in a drugstore parking lot, a gunman led police on a chase that reached speeds up to 100 mph Tuesday. Eduardo I. Escobar, 25, was charged with first-degree robbery and armed criminal action in Jackson County Circuit Court.
After carjacking two women in a drugstore parking lot, a gunman led police on a chase that reached speeds up to 100 mph Tuesday. Eduardo I. Escobar, 25, was charged with first-degree robbery and armed criminal action in Jackson County Circuit Court.

A Kansas City man who allegedly shoved a 91-year-old woman out of a moving car and then led police on a chase was charged Wednesday in Jackson County Circuit Court.

Eduardo I. Escobar, 25, was charged with first-degree robbery and armed criminal action in the carjacking Tuesday in the 5400 block of Independence Avenue.

According to court records:

Shortly after 2 p.m., a man walked up to a 1998 Honda Civic that had just turned into a drugstore parking lot. The car was driven by a 63-year-old woman, with the 91-year-old woman in the passenger seat.

The man ordered the driver out of the car. As she struggled over control of the car door, the man pointed a black handgun at her and yelled, “I said get the (expletive) back!”

The man got inside the car and drove away with the 91-year-old woman still in her seat.

She asked the gunman, “Are you stealing my car?” He shoved her out, and she landed on the side of the road.

One of the women had left her smartphone in the car, and police used a phone-finding app to trace the Honda as it drove north from 50th Terrace and North Park. The vehicle continued north toward Missouri 152 and North Oak Trafficway.

Officers followed the car along various highways at speeds up to 100 mph. The car wrecked in the 15000 block of Northwest Brink Meyers Road.

The 91-year-old woman’s injuries were limited to bruises and back pain.

Court records show that Escobar had a 2010 conviction in Jackson County for first-degree assault.

Glenn E. Rice: 816-234-4341, @GRicekcstar

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