Two men carjack ambulance in North Philly

One in custody, one still on the loose.

Tim Jimenez
May 14, 2018 - 8:25 am

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Philadelphia police are investigating the carjacking of an ambulance in the Logan section of the city early Monday morning. 

Police say one of the carjackers is in custody, but his partner in crime is on the loose.

Chief Inspector Scott Small says an ambulance, without a patient inside, was parked at 12th and Loudon streets at around 3 a.m. with the engine running. Two guys hopped in the front seat to take control of the vehicle -- but they weren't alone. 

"The ambulance driver was in the back compartment doing work. That's when the ambulance driver realized, 'Hey, my van's moving.'"

Police say, then the ambulance driver tried to fight off the guy in the passenger seat, who pushed him out as the van was moving. The 32-year-old ambulance driver called his employer, which was able to track the van and give the information to the cops, who stopped the ambulance about a mile away a few minutes later.

Police say the 42-year-old man behind the wheel was drunk and claimed to be the real driver. He was arrested, but his passenger was nowhere to be found.