An eyewitness punched through a windshield in an attempt to stop shoplifting suspects from fleeing a grocery store in Manchester.
Police said they arrested Barbara Jackson, 52, and 49-year-old Mary Jordan in connection with the incident.
They said it began with a shoplifting complaint at the Stop & Shop on Broad Street Tuesday afternoon.
One of the suspects was seen hiding items in her purse before leaving the store, according to investigators.
Police said security approached the woman and a brief altercation took place.
The woman was then able to run into the parking lot.
A male customer, identified as 24-year-old Chad Brewer, noticed what was happening and stepped in front of the suspects’ vehicle to prevent them from leaving. However, the driver drove forward anyway.
"I just went in to get ranch dressing, that's all I wanted and this happened," he said. "A bunch of groceries and stuff was falling out of her purse so it was pretty obvious."
Brewer then got up on the hood of the vehicle and held on while the suspects drove away. Police said he was able to punch a hole in the windshield.
Officers arrived in time to see the vehicle flee the scene with the man on the hood.
She pulled up right to my knees. I thought she was going to stop and instead she gunned it, and I hopped onto the hood and held on for dear life," Brewer said.
The suspects left the parking lot and Brewer was able to jump off near a Meineke Muffler on Broad Street. Police said he suffered a minor injury to his wrist and leg.
Jackson and Jordan then engaged police in a pursuit through numerous town streets before getting onto Interstate-84 westbound by way of West Middle Turnpike.
Police said the suspects exited at exit 50 in Hartford. However, state police were able to close the ramp beforehand.
Jackson and Jordan were taken into custody without incident at that point.
Brewer said he would do the same thing all over again even though he is left with some bumps and bruises.
"There are two different people in the world...there are people who say they are going to do stuff and those who are going to actually do something about it. I may have gone too far by getting on the hood but I slowed it down for police to catch up to them," Brewer said.
Police said Jackson allegedly tried stealing almost $92 worth of items.
Jackson was charged with reckless driving, engaging police in a pursuit, evading responsibility, sixth-degree larceny, first-degree assault and first-degree reckless endangerment.
She was held on a $200,000 bond and scheduled to face a judge on Wednesday.
Jordan was charged with conspiracy to commit sixth-degree larceny and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Her bond was set at $5,000.
Both women have criminal records which include stealing and prostitution.
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