26-year-old woman allegedly steals car with man in backseat

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PLATTE CITY, Mo. -- Police arrested a Harrisonville woman they say stole a car from a Platte City gas station, while a 27-year-old man was still sitting in the back seat, and took him on one wild ride.

Priscilla Frazier tells FOX 4 that around 6 o’clock Saturday night she, a female friend and her male cousin, had parked outside a QuikTrip near northwest Prairie View Road and Route 92. When the two women went inside, police say a stranger, later identified as a 26-year-old woman from Harrisonville, hopped inside her running 2008 silver Honda Accord and took off with her 27-year-old cousin, Cody Beckham, still inside.

“We just went inside QuikTrip to grab some cash,” said Frazier.

But about three minutes later she walked out to find her car was gone.

A puzzled and startled Frazier and her friend, headed back to her parking space and saw her car, and her 27-year-old cousin, who had been sitting in the back seat, were both gone.

"We thought it was a joke,” she said.

But, it wasn’t a joke. Police say the suspect took off down Interstate 29 with Beckham in the back seat.

"Is it somebody I know? Who could it be? Once he said it was a female with long, dark hair, I was racking my brain who could this be?" said Frazier.

Frantically on her cell phone with Beckham, Frazier couldn't stop worrying about her missing cousin, who was visiting from Texas.

"He said ‘why are you doing this? Why are you doing this?’ and all she would say is ‘I need the money,’ but other than that we tried to get her to talk and she wouldn't say anything,” said Frazier.

While the two friends alerted police, investigator say the fleeing, suspected car thief continued driving down the interstate with Beckham in tow.

"She just said when he told her to pull over she said they're going to kill me and we don't know who, what, that's all she would say,” said Frazier. "Who knows what was going to happen? Was he scared for his life? He was, most definitely."

Despite being scared, Beckham stayed on his cellphone with 911 dispatchers until police and state troopers finally arrested the unarmed suspect, almost an hour later, near I-29 and 36 Highway in St. Joseph. Fortunately Beckham, who is now back in Texas, wasn't hurt.

"I’m glad that it, you know, ended the way it did,” said Frazier.

Prosecutors are expected to charge the 26-year-old suspect with kidnapping and tampering with a motor vehicle.