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Charges in Independence carjacking in which woman was hurt

Man hits woman during carjacking in Independence

A man stole a woman’s mini-van as she pumped air into the front tire of her vehicle early Wednesday morning at a QuikTrip store in Independence.
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A man stole a woman’s mini-van as she pumped air into the front tire of her vehicle early Wednesday morning at a QuikTrip store in Independence.

A 25-year-old man was charged Friday with carjacking a woman’s car outside an Independence convenience store as she put air in her tires.

Jackson County prosecutors charged Sean A. Clark with second-degree robbery.

The robbery occurred early Wednesday outside the QuikTrip in the 17800 block of East 39th Street.

It was captured on surveillance video that showed the robber walking up to the driver’s side of the vehicle while the owner was crouched down on the passenger side filling a tire with air.

When the robber got in the car, the woman opened the passenger side door. The robber then backed up rapidly, knocking the woman to the ground and running over her foot, according to court documents.

After Independence police released the video of the incident to the media, they received a call from a tipster who identified Clark as the person in the video.

The stolen car was recovered later that night in Blue Springs. The investigation led police to a Blue Springs motel where Clark was arrested.

Inside the room, police found the keys to the woman’s car, according to the documents.

Clark later told police that he didn’t know the woman was outside the car until he climbed in and heard her scream, according to authorities.

He is being held in jail on a bond of $50,000.

Tony Rizzo: 816-234-4435, @trizzkc

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