DILLON, SC (WMBF) – A vehicle stolen during a weekend carjacking in Dillon has been found across the border in Cumberland County, N.C., according to Dillon Police Chief David Lane.
Lane added the vehicle was found burned, and police continue to follow up on leads in the case.
A woman was hospitalized after being hit in the face with a gun by the suspect during the Sunday theft of the vehicle. It happened in the Waffle House parking lot in Dillon near Interstate 95.
Employees said the woman is undergoing a second surgery for cracked bones around her eye where the suspect hit her in the face with a gun.
Samantha Owens, a co-worker, found the victim lying on the ground bleeding. She believed the suspect was just waiting for a single car to pull into the parking lot..
"I heard something hit my car and initially I thought the vehicle had hit my car and I went to hurry up and jump out and take my seat belt off and by the time I could get my door open, I heard her saying, 'Help me, help me,' and it took me a minute to register what was going on," said Owens.
The entire incident was caught on the 24-7 video surveillance the business has, but Dillon police said it is hard to make out a face because it is too dark.
However, the footage does show the car heading toward I-95.
Lane said people have to always be aware of their surroundings in a parking lot before getting in or out of their car. He also recommended people lock the doors right when they get inside their vehicle.
"Just be aware of what's going on around you because someone can sneak up on you in a heartbeat just like it happened Sunday morning," said Timothy Rouse, the Waffle House manager.
Rouse said their co-worker is thankful for the love and support she has received ever since the carjacking happened.
"Because we've all worked together for almost 20 years, it's like one of our family members got hurt and she is more focused on that more than what happened," Rouse said.
He added that customers have been visiting the victim and making donations to help with the surgeries.