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Man stole grandmother's car while she waited for him at Wal-Mart: Prosecutors

July 09, 2013|By Rachel Cromidas, @rachelcromidas | RedEye

People of Walmart: don't take your grandmother's car.

A man from North Kenwood was arrested Monday afternoon after he drove with his grandmother to Walmart, and then left her waiting for him in the store while he drove off in her car, state prosecutors said.

Prosecutors said the 69-year-old woman waited at the front of the Hammond, Ind., Walmart in a motorized scooter for her grandson to pull the car out of the parking lot and pick her up, but he drove off instead. The woman followed him with a witness, according to court records, and flagged down a police officer near 59th Street and Ashland Avenue.

Court records say officers saw Rayshaon Ellison, 24, step out of the car, a 2011 Chevrolet Impala. Ellison, of the 4100 block of South Ellis Avenue, struggled with police officers before being arrested, at one point falling with an officer into a parked car and gashing an officer in the eye--an injury that required four stitches, according to the police report.

Ellison, who appeared at the Cook County Criminal Courthouse Tuesday afternoon, was charged with motor vehicle theft and battery to a police officer, among other offenses. he was held on $300,000 bond.

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