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Car Thief Apprehended After Stealing Audi With Teen Asleep In Back

Tiffin, OH – An Ohio man was arrested and charged with kidnapping on Saturday after he stole a car with a teenager asleep in the backseat.

The incident occurred at about 1 p.m. on Jan. 15 when 17-year-old Kharisma F. Guajardo and 19-year-old Raylon D. Scott took their white 2012 Audi A4 to Taylor Hyundai in Findlay to trade it in, TiffinOhio.Net reported.

Guajardo went inside the dealership to take care of business and Scott stayed in the car to sleep.

He was woken up when 31-year-old Justin M. Vaughn jumped into the Audi’s driver’s seat and drove away from the car dealership, according to TiffinOhio.Net.

Scott, hostage in the backseat of the car, began texting with his friend and police to provide up to the minute updates on the stolen vehicle’s location as it got closer to the city of Tiffin.

The Findlay Police Department contacted Tiffin police and alerted them to the stolen vehicle with Scott inside it, TiffinOhio.Net reported.

Tiffin police officers spotted the stolen Audi near Tiffin Mercy Hospital on U.S. 224 just before 1:30 p.m. and tried to stop it.

But Vaughn refused to stop and led officers on a chase eastbound on U.S. 224 and then southbound on State Route 100 to the Crawford County line, TiffinOhio.Net reported.

Just after Vaughn crossed the county line, officers conducted a PIT maneuver to stop the suspect vehicle and the pursuit was ended.

Police said both the driver and the passenger were checked out by Sycamore Fire/EMS at the scene and neither was injured, TiffinOhio.Net reported.

A Seneca County sheriff’s deputy injured his hand during the apprehension, WTVG reported.

Vaughn was arrested by Seneca County sheriff’s deputies.

He has been charged with felony aggravated robbery, kidnapping, theft of a motor vehicle, and fleeing and eluding police, according to TiffinOhio.Net

Tiffin Police said the Seneca County Sheriff’s Office, the Ohio State Highway Patrol, the Crawford County Sheriff’s Office, and the Wyandot County Sheriff’s Office all assisted with the apprehension.

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Sandy Malone

Managing Editor - Twitter/@SandyMalone_ - Prior to joining The Police Tribune, Sandy wrote the Politics.Net column for the Wall Street Journal and was managing editor of Campaigns & Elections magazine. More recently, she was an internationally-syndicated columnist for Conde Nast (BRIDES), The Huffington Post, and Monsters and Critics. Sandy is married to a retired police captain and former SWAT commander.

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