December 21, 2014

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Police officer’s mother injured in Sheffield Lake carjacking

LORAIN – A woman injured in a Sheffield Lake carjacking on Monday is the mother of Lorain police officer Eric Alten, according to Lorain and Sheffield police.

Two 17-year-old boys were charged with auto theft, robbery and fleeing following a carjacking around 2 p.m. at a store on the 4600 block of Lake Road in Sheffield Lake on Monday.

According to Sheffield Lake Police Chief Tony Campo, Alten’s mother was in a store on Lake Road when she saw one of the teenagers get into her car and begin to back up the vehicle. She ran out and grabbed onto the car in an attempt to stop the carjacker, who continued to back up and drive away, both hitting and dragging the woman a short distance, Campo said.

Police said the 17-year-old then drove around the store, picked up the second teenager and headed southbound on Harris Road, inciting a police chase that involved officers from Avon Lake, Sheffield Lake, Sheffield Village and Lorain.

Near the intersection of Colorado Avenue and Root Road, the teens crashed the car into a curb and ran from the vehicle into the woods north of Colorado Avenue, according to Sheffield Village Police Chief Larry Bliss.

Police set up a perimeter around the woods and searched for the 17-year-olds for over four hours, Campo said. One teenager came out of the woods and turned himself in to police around 3:30 p.m., according to Campo. The second teenager was found around 6:30 p.m., hiding in an apartment complex on the 600 block of Harris Road. Campo said the second teen wasn’t affiliated with any residents at the complex.

Contact Anna Merriman at 329-7245 or amerriman@chroniclet.com. Follow her on Twitter at @AnnaLMerriman.