Man Assaults Drivers and Steals Woman’s Car After ‘Good Samaritans’ Try To Help Him During Iowa Blizzard

A man in Iowa allegedly assaulted two drivers who stopped to assist him during a snowstorm, reports Law & Crime.
Photo Credit: Polk County Jail in Iowa

A man in Iowa allegedly assaulted two drivers who stopped to assist him during a snowstorm, reports Law & Crime. He carjacked one of them before being apprehended by the Iowa State Police using a PIT maneuver on Friday. 

The alleged assailant, Jermaine Leatre Shetworth Ware, 28, is currently held without bond in the Polk County Jail. Charges against him include eluding, second-degree theft, first-degree robbery, interference with official acts, and operating a vehicle under the influence, according to records. Des Moines police stated that the incident occurred when a driver picked up Ware, whom they believed needed help, but he soon attacked the driver and attempted to steal their car. 

After failing with the first driver, Ware managed to flag down another driver on I-235 and successfully carjacked them.

“The victim saw the defendant running along the side of the interstate so she let him into her car to help him,”

stated documents viewed by Law&Crime. 

“The victim became nervous of the defendant’s paranoid behavior and attempted to pull over.” 

When she managed to stop the vehicle,

“The defendant reached over the victim, opened her door, and slammed his body into her until she fell out of her vehicle and into the travel portion of the interstate,”

authorities wrote. However, the woman still had possession of her key. Ware realized the keys were missing when he tried driving off. He then

“[held] his knee in the victim’s throat, the defendant began biting the victim’s right hand to get her to release the car keys,”

they wrote.

“The defendant was eventually able to take the keys from the victim and he got into her car and drove away.”

The victim suffered cuts and bite marks on her right hand, along with redness on the left side of her throat. One of the troopers involved in the arrest said they used a PIT maneuver to bring the vehicle to a halt. Ware attempted to flee through the passenger door, but complied when the trooper ordered him to lie on the ground at gunpoint. According to authorities, Ware exhibited signs of marijuana use, appeared intoxicated by drugs, seemed paranoid, and was loud during the journey to the jail.

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