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January 23, 2018

1/2/2018 2:27:00 PM
Hope man accused of injuring two in carjacking
Photo courtesy of Columbus police,
Photo courtesy of Columbus police,

Columbus Police Department

Press release

Two people are injured, one of them seriously and a Hope man is in custody after he allegedly carjacked a vehicle at Columbus Regional Hospital Monday evening.

At approximately 7:40 p.m., Columbus police officers were dispatched to CRH, located at 2400 17th Street, in regards to a reported vehicle crash with injuries.

The suspect, later identified as Kenneth W. Wentworth, 27, of Hope, Indiana allegedly fled on foot after the crash. When officers arrived, Wentworth and a family member of the carjacking victim were in a physical struggle on 17th Street, just off the hospital grounds. Wentworth was taken into custody by CPD officers a short time later.

Investigators later determined that Wentworth allegedly entered the unoccupied driver's seat of a 2016 Chrysler Town and Country minivan and attempted to flee the hospital parking lot. The vehicle's owner, Lorrie A. Crouch, a 56 year old Hope resident, partially entered the passenger side of her vehicle where a struggle ensued with the suspect.

Wentworth reportedly put the vehicle in reverse and the passenger door struck Crouch's mother, Sarah Smith, who was seated near the minivan in a wheelchair. Moments later, Wentworth accelerated the vehicle forward and struck a parked car causing Crouch to fall out of the minivan and strike her head on the concrete surface of the parking lot. Wentworth crashed into two additional vehicles before fleeing on foot from the damaged minivan. Crouch sustained a head injury and was later flown to Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis. Smith suffered lacerations to her left leg and hand and was treated at Columbus Regional Hospital.

Wentworth was later transported to the Bartholomew County Jail on the following preliminary charges: Robbery, Leaving the Scene of Crash Involving Injury, Auto Theft, and Battery. He remains incarcerated on a 48 hour hold.

The incident remains under investigation.

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