SAN DIEGO (CNS) - A man was dragged behind his stolen vehicle while trying to stop car thieves who were caught not far away, San Diego police said Friday.
The victim parked his black Ford Expedition in the 4400 block of Hilltop Drive, near 44th Street, in Chollas View with the keys inside, about 12:10 p.m. Thursday, according to San Diego police Officer Frank Cali.
The man saw his vehicle move away, then he and a neighbor followed it to the vicinity of 47th Street and Federal Boulevard, Cali said.
The owner approached the vehicle and saw a man and woman inside. The pair began to drive away but the man grabbed onto the vehicle, then fell off after he was dragged about half a block, causing abrasions to his arms, Cali said.
Police spotted the vehicle and stopped it at 54th Street and Myrtle Avenue and the two occupants were taken into custody, Cali said.
Phonesavanh Phinsavanh, 35, was booked into the San Diego Central Jail on suspicion of vehicle theft, and Phao Chav, 32, was taken to Los Colinas Detention Facility on suspicion of vehicle theft and possession of controlled substance paraphernalia, according to jail records.
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