Report: Victim hangs onto stolen vehicle, attacks thief on James Island

Glen Yerkey and Christian Botos
Glen Yerkey and Christian Botos

JAMES ISLAND, SC (WCSC) - Investigators say two thieves attempting to steal a man's car were thwarted after the victim refused to let go of his car, and attacked one of the suspects.

On Saturday at 2:30 a.m., police responded to an apartment on Dove Run Drive in reference to a stolen vehicle. The 25-year-old victim said it all started when he was in his home and heard the engine of his car start up.

When he walked outside, police say he saw two men, later identified as 26-year-old Glen Yerkey and 21-year-old Christian Botos, sitting in his car attempting to drive out of the area.

According to a report, the victim ran to his vehicle and grabbed onto a bar that was attached to the driver seat as the suspects drove down the street.  Police say the car eventually collided into a parked SUV and came to a stop.

The victim told authorities he then began to punch one of the suspects in the face multiple times. Authorities say the suspects then took off towards a marsh area behind the apartment complex.

The victim said the suspects did not take anything from his car, but he did find a cell phone which police say belonged to Yerkey.

Authorities eventually arrested Yerkey and Botos for the incident.

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