KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- A 41-year-old Kansas City man faces charges after police say he pulled a gun on a man and stole his car, and then hours later led police on a high-speed chase across the metro area.
Ralph Richmond is charged with stealing a car, resisting arrest and drug possession after the chase Tuesday night that ended at I-35 and Front Street when the suspect crashed the stolen car into a semi truck.
Prosecutors say he stole the 2005 Ford Mustang Tuesday morning from Edwardo Fierro, whose sister recognized his car from FOX 4's live coverage of the chase.
Fierro spoke exclusively with FOX 4's Katie Banks, the first reporter on the scene Tuesday night. Fierro says just before noon Tuesday, Richmond drove up beside him and began asking him questions about his car. The next thing Fierro knew, Richmond had pulled a gun on him to steal his car.
"He just told me to get the hell out of the car. And I looked up and I seen a gun like sticking out the window and I didn`t know really what to do," Fierro said.
He said he felt like he was "at the wrong place at the wrong time," and a car wasn't worth his life, so he got out.
Several hours later, when police spotted the stolen Mustang, prosecutors say he took off, speeding through stop signs, red lights and even driving into oncoming traffic at speeds of up to 100 miles per hour before he wrecked off the I-35 exit ramp at Front Street.
"I`ve seen people do that before, but I didn`t think that could ever happen to me because, I don`t know, I was the lucky, chosen one. It`s crazy, though," said Edwardo Fierro.
According to court records, this is the sixth time in the past eight months that Richmond has been charged with similar crimes of stealing cars, possessing drugs and running from cops.
"You`re known to have a second chance, but after so many, it shouldn`t be possible. He shouldn`t have as many chances as he did," Fierro said.
At last check, Richmond remained in the hospital. Once in police custody, his bond will be set at $50,000.