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PHX Police: Victim jumps into moving vehicle to retrieve stolen car

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Posted at 12:49 PM, May 01, 2017
and last updated 2017-05-01 16:42:36-04

A man watches his car drive away and takes action to retrieve it.

Phoenix police report that on April 24 a man watched as his car was leaving the parking lot of a 7-11 store at 48th Street and McDowell Road.

The victim chased down and jumped into the vehicle placing the suspect, Enoch Abraham Olivas, in a choke hold. 

Police say as the car was traveling down the road the victim managed to put the vehicle into neutral. Olivas continued to step on the gas, the engine revved but the car slowly rolled to a stop.

Olivas managed to escape the choke hold and ran away, but the victim flagged down some officers in the area, who tracked down and arrested Olivas.

Olivas has been charged with vehicle theft and endangerment.