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Man accused of carjacking elderly woman, pushing her from moving vehicle

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KANSAS CITY, Mo.  -- Police have a man in custody after officers say he carjacked a 91-year-old woman at gunpoint Tuesday and pushed her from her moving vehicle.

It happened about 1:30 p.m., at Independence and Hardesty avenues.

Police say a friend was driving the elderly woman to a drug store so she could pick up prescription medicine.

Police recovered the woman's car in the northland, about a half hour after the carjacking.

At the drug store, officers say a Hispanic man approached the driver, a woman in her 60s, pointed a gun at her head and ordered her out of the car. Police say there was a brief struggle before the armed man took control of the car.

"The 91-year-old was still sitting in the passenger seat when the individual got in the car and started to take off," said Darin Snapp, of the KCPD. "They had a short exchange of conversation. She said, 'Are you stealing my car?’ He said ‘Yes.’  That’s when he forces her out of the passenger’s door, pushes her out. The vehicle is still moving when she is thrown out."

Police say the elderly woman suffered injuries to her back and hip, but she's lucky it's mostly bruises. After police broadcast an alert, other officers spotted the car north of the river. There was a short chase, and the armed man bailed out of the car and tried to run away when police arrested him.

Police say they're still trying to positively identify the suspect, who's believed to be an illegal immigrant. He's expected to face felony charges of eluding police and armed carjacking.