Suspect in custody after violent crime spree in Longview
POSTED: Tuesday, July 1, 2014 - 10:48pm
UPDATED: Wednesday, July 2, 2014 - 4:57pm
Longview, TX (KETK) — Longview police have confirmed, the man suspected of multiple car thefts, Monday evening, is now in custody.
Wesley Byron Smyth, 35 is suspected of stealing three vehicles, injuring an elderly woman in the process.
Police were dispatched around 5 p.m. to an accidental "hit and run" report, near West Marshall Avenue and Gilmer Road.
That's where officers say, Smyth wrecked a stolen vehicle from a local used car dealership, into a power pole.
Smyth abandoned that vehicle and returned to the same dealership, where he then stole a second vehicle.
Police say, Smyth crashed the second vehicle near HG Mosley and Cotton Street, and he ran from the scene, again.
Smyth crossed a field when officers say he stole his third vehicle of the night, by pulling an elderly woman out of the driver's seat.
Someone at the scene attempted to stop the thief from stealing the vehicle but the suspect fled the scene with the that victim still holding on to the car.
The victim finally was able to get loose from the car and the suspect continued to flee.
The victim, who was dragged in the vehicle, received non life-threatening injuries.