Thursday, 4:30 PM
EMT helps catch would-be carjacker
By Globe Staff
A Boston EMT helped to catch a man who was trying to hijack a car on Commonwealth Avenue near Boston University, police said today.
A man told police that he had gone inside a store at about 12:35 a.m. Monday to buy a soda, leaving his mother in the car. He heard screaming outside and went out to found his mother lying on the ground and a stranger in the driver's seat.
The man grabbed the suspect and pulled him out of the car. An EMT who had witnessed the incident turned on his lights and told the suspect to sit on the curb, police said. The suspect sat there for a short time and then got up and fled. He was arrested a short distance away.
Daniel Murphy, 30, of Paxton is facing charges of carjacking, assault and battery, and operating under the influence.
"Anytime you have someone step in in an emergency situation like that, it's very helpful," said Officer Eddy Chrispin, a police spokesman.