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Disturbing moment car thief targets 81-year-old California woman while feeding homeless in supermarket parking lot

A car thief allegedly attacked an 81-year-old woman while she was feeding homeless people at a supermarket, then dragged her away with his car when she tried to stop him.

Nina Steinman, from Redlands in California, was handing out food to the homeless at Stater Bros Markets on E Colton Avenue on Monday around 3:30 p.m., something she had been doing since January.

While she was performing the charity act, a car thief, who police say is 24-year-old Carlos Sanchez Jr., “forcibly took her keys and got into the driver’s seat.”

The market was the last stop he had to make as he stopped to deliver food and homemade iced tea to three men when Sanchez reportedly approached his car.

‘I said I don’t have any more food, it’s all over, but I can get you some iced tea,’ he said. KTLA.

Steinman says he tried to stop Sanchez by grabbing the driver’s side door handle, but the suspect quickly backed the vehicle with the trunk still open, knocking Steinman several feet to the ground.

“Let me tell you, I’m not afraid,” she told KTLA. “I was going to grab his shirt and drag that little puppy out of the front seat, but I couldn’t get the door open.”

Surveillance footage shows the woman being thrown from the car, causing her to violently roll on the ground.

Three youths appear to chase the car, but Sánchez reportedly managed to escape. The men then go to help Steinman off the ground and hand him the things he dropped.

The Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) located Sanchez in the driver’s seat of the Kia Sportage on East 11th Street in City of Angels and took him to the LAPD Newtown Community Police Station, where officers Redlands Police received.

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Nina Steinman, 81, (pictured on the ground) was violently thrown to the ground after she tried to open the driver's side door.  The suspect, 24-year-old Carlos Sanchez Jr., exited the space, dragging Steinman several feet.

Nina Steinman, 81, (pictured on the ground) was violently thrown to the ground after she tried to open the driver’s side door. The suspect, 24-year-old Carlos Sanchez Jr., exited the space, dragging Steinman several feet.

Steinman rolled several times as Sanchez pulled out of the parking lot.  The police reported that she was uninjured, she only had some bruises.

Steinman rolled several times as Sanchez pulled out of the parking lot. The police reported that she was uninjured, she only had some bruises.

According to reports, Sánchez took

Sanchez reportedly “forcibly” took the car keys from an elderly woman at Stater Bros Markets on E Colton Avenue around 3:30 p.m. Monday before dragging her across the parking lot while he stole her Kia Sportage.

Steinman said he planned to get him out of the car, but was unable to open the door.

Steinman said he planned to get him out of the car, but was unable to open the door.

The department said “based on the evidence and witness statements,” officers were able to confirm that Sanchez was the parking lot suspect.

Sanchez is being held at the West Valley Detention Center on $250,000 bond and has been charged with auto theft and elder abuse.

The Redlands Police Department reported that Steinman was uninjured in the incident and suffered only a few bruises.

Steinman told KTLA that Sanchez left with her bag and keys and that she had to “change the locks” on her house because she was “so scared he was going to try to break in.”

Despite the horrible experience, Steinman said he will continue to help those unfortunate.

‘I’m 81 years old and the Lord will probably bring me home soon, so as long as I’m here, I’m not going to stop. It’s just what I’m called to do,’ he said.

A total of 2,064 vehicles have been stolen in Los Angeles County in the last 30 days and a total of 10,192 in the year. Meanwhile, only 1,440 have been arrested for the crime in 2022.

Earlier this month, the Los Angeles County Sheriff compared District Attorney George Gascon to an ego-crazed Moses with rules set in stone as he criticized the district attorney for rejecting 13,238 of his deputies’ cases.

Sheriff Alex Villanueva claims that Gascón dismissed the large number of cases that have come before him since he took office in 2020 because “they don’t fit his special directives.”

“He introduced himself as Moses with his 10 commandments with his tablets and said, ‘Here are my special requests, take them or take them,'” Villanueva said. foxnews. ‘That does not promote a good working relationship.

“The deputies will still do their jobs, make the arrests, write the reports, but then what happens after the prosecutor is sent is where it all falls apart.”

It comes as the city continues to see a surge in violent crime, which is up by more than 15 percent since 2020, while Gascón faces his second impeachment attempt since taking office.

Gascón has been outspoken in his belief that the criminal justice system should focus more on intervention and rehabilitation, criticizing “iron fist on crime” policies as racist and a failure.

And after his first 100 days in office, he touted the changes he has made to the city’s justice system, including limiting the use of enhanced sentences.

Sanchez was seen getting into the driver's seat after stealing the keys while Steinman was handing out food to the homeless.

Sanchez was seen getting into the driver’s seat after stealing the keys while Steinman was handing out food to the homeless.

Three young men, who were collecting food from Steinman, help her up and return the items she dropped.

Three young men, who were collecting food from Steinman, help her up and return the items she dropped.

The incident occurred in the parking lot of the State Bros Market on Colton Ave (pictured)

The incident occurred in the parking lot of the State Bros Market on Colton Ave (pictured)

California’s penal code has more than 100 improvements that could add time to a convicted felon’s sentence depending on the situation, most of which date back to when California faced skyrocketing crime in the 1980s and 1990s.

But under Gascon’s reign, the use of those improvements has dropped considerably, with 5,138 improvements from the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office during its first three months, a drop of 71 percent compared to the same period. from the previous year.

Its first three months also saw prosecutors submit just 106 weapon upgrades, a decrease of 85 percent.

Gascón also prohibited prosecutors from charging minors as adults, regardless of the seriousness of the alleged crimes.

Villanueva, who is a Democrat, criticized the wake-up policies, telling Fox, “I think the entire universe of progressive reform has failed epically across the nation.

‘These are people who did bad things that left a victim, they have the evidence presented and [the DA’s office] He said, “Don’t bother.”

Overall crime is up 7.6 percent in Los Angeles and there have been more than 10,000 carjackings in the City of Angels since January 1.

Overall crime is up 7.6 percent in Los Angeles and there have been more than 10,000 carjackings in the City of Angels since January 1.

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