Couple lie in wait, carjack Evansville woman

Female suspect still at large

EVANSVILLE, Ind. - Evansville Police arrested a man Saturday morning they believe carjacked a woman on the city’s East Side.

The Evansville Courier & Press reports that after a brief chase during which officers shot at the suspect, Myles K. Martin, 36, was taken into custody on charges of armed robbery, carjacking with threat of force, resisting arrest, and other charges.

The incident began around 8 a.m., when Pennie Hart pulled her Lexus SUV into a parking lot at 2301 N. Green River Road to open her business, according to a police news release.

Martin and an unidentified woman were sitting in a white passenger car in the same parking lot.

When Hart parked her car, Martin walked up to her driver’s side door, pointed a handgun at her and told her to get out of the car, according to the release.

Hart obeyed, and ran into her business, Bangz-A Progressive Hair Salon. She called 911 as Martin and the unidentified woman drove away separately.

Police found Martin sitting in the stolen SUV in the Sugar Mill Creek Apartment complex a few minutes later, according to the release. Other police backup arrived and attempted to arrest Martin, but he did not cooperate.

“Martin refused to put his hands up where officers could see them,” the release states. He then threw the SUV in gear and attempted to speed off, striking a parked car in the process.

At that point, an officer fired two shots toward the SUV, aiming at the tires, according to the release. One of tires went flat, and Martin drove the SUV into a nearby field where it became stuck. He ran away from the SUV, but police caught him at a nearby intersection.

The handgun police say was used in the carjacking was found in the SUV.

According to Vanderburgh County Jail booking records, Martin, of Owensboro, Ky., was booked into jail around noon Saturday with no bond.

Police have not found the white car or the woman who was with Martin when the incident began. Anyone with information about her or the car’s whereabouts is asked to call EPD, 812-436-7979, or the WeTip Hotline, 1-800-78-CRIME.


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