A north side man said he was awakened early Sunday morning by a shadowy figure sitting on his bed, who then threatened him at knifepoint before stealing his car.
It happened at about 1 a.m. at a duplex located on East Frambes Avenue, 10TV's Ashleigh Barry reported.
TJ Quinn said he never heard the intruder smash a downstairs window and steal electronics, but he woke up when the man made his way to his third-floor bedroom. Quinn said the man claimed he had a knife and wanted cash.
"I see the outline of a man because the hallway light is out, and I'm like, 'Who is this guy?'" Quinn said.
Quinn said the man wanted a ride and ordered him down the stairs.
"I thought when I was walking down the stairs, I thought I was on my way to death," he said. "I thought I was walking to my death."
The man grabbed a knife from a kitchen drawer and marched Quinn out a back door to his car. That's when Quinn decided to make a fun for it, Barry reported.
"He says get in and the minute he says get in I just say screw it and bolt," Quinn said.
Quinn ran away and called 911, supplying police with information about his stolen car.
"It's a Toyota Corolla and it has a really loud muffler that sounds like a lawn mower," he said.
The description helped, and 10 minutes and two miles later, police spotted the car near Interstate 71 and East Hudson Street. Officers followed the vehicle to Cooke Road, where the driver crashed into a wall, Barry reported.
The man, who was later identified by police as Darryl L. Jones, 48, got out of the car and surrendered after officers deployed a Taser.
Jones was treated at a hospital for his injuries and later charged with aggravated robbery, grand theft auto and kidnapping, Barry reported.
Quinn was not hurt during the ordeal, but his sense of security was thrown off.
"I slept with a hammer next to me in the middle of the day," he said. "That's how paranoid I was."
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