Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

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Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

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Man carjacks woman, leads police on chase

A Beaver County man told police he smoked crack all night before using a hammer to carjack a woman Monday and then leading officers on a chase.

John Matheny, 38, of Darlington, was charged Tuesday with kidnapping, robbery of a motor vehicle, aggravated assault and other offenses.

On Monday, according to a criminal complaint, Mr. Matheny approached the woman in an SUV in the parking lot of the Leetsdale Giant Eagle.With her window down, she told police, Mr. Matheny began hitting her with a hammer and tried to get into the vehicle. The woman said she punched Mr. Matheny, but he was able to get into the driver's seat, according to the complaint.

A Leet police officer arrived and tried to stop Mr. Matheny from driving away, the complaint said, but Mr. …

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