A carjacker from Maryland has been sentenced to eight years in jail after he deliberately stole an SUV and ran over the vehicle’s owner as he tried to make a quick getaway.
Kenneth Davis, now 20, along with his girlfriend, who was 16 at the time, had spotted the Mercedes car idling on the forecourt of a gas station in Germantown, Maryland in September 2019, and decided steal it.
Davis had jumped into the driver’s seat when the owner came running back to the car from inside a 7- Eleven convenience store, in an attempt to stop him.
Kenneth Davis, 20, was at a Maryland 7-Eleven when he spotted an idling SUV, bottom right
Kenneth Davis, 20, was sentenced to eight years in jail after footage captured him running over the owner of a Mercedes SUV as he stole it from a gas station
The victim managed to open the passenger side front door when Davis suddenly slammed the car into reverse.
It all happened so quickly the victim didn’t stand a chance and was not able to get out of the way in time.
The man was pulled underneath the SUV as he was run over and was very nearly hit again by a second passing car.
He suffered a fractured skull, lacerations to his face and lost consciousness.
After running over the owner, Davis stopped briefly and got out of the car to pick up a bag he had dropped as several eyewitnesses ran towards him, before he got back in the car and sped away.
Davis and his girlfriend fled south and were eventually arrested in North Carolina.
‘It’s distressing, obviously, to see a person who was in front of me as a kid,’ said Montgomery County Circuit Court Judge Richard Jordan sentencing Davis to eight years.
Davis jumped into the driver’s seat, quickly followed by the car’s owner
Davis slammed the car into reverse pulling the vehicle’s owner underneath
‘There were a lot of opportunities to become the man that we were encouraging young Kenneth would be. It was sheer luck that he was not killed,’ Judge Jordan said.
‘It was uncalled for,’ Davis said in court. ‘I am very sorry for what I did.’
Judge Jordan said that at any point in the carjacking, Davis could have stopped what he was doing and walked away.
‘I don’t think it’s asking too much for somebody that wants to be a car thief to realize, “I don’t want to be assaulting somebody like this.”‘
The victim was pulled underneath and suffered a fractured skull, lacerations to his face and fell unconscious
The victim was left unconscious on the forecourt of the gas station while Davis sped away
Samantha Sandler, a lawyer for Davis said that he had a troubled childhood and adolescence explaining that he began smoking marijuana at the age of eight, had been to eight different schools and by the age of 17 was using street-purchased Xanax to try and curb panic and anxiety disorders, according to the Washington Post.
It wasn’t the first time the judge and Davis had met who had worked to get the troubled teen into Silver Oak Academy, a residential school designed to help turn around the lives such as Davis’.
But while at Silver Oak, Davis stole a van and had to be moved to a more secure facility.
‘Those placements were difficult to get,’ Judge Jordan said. ‘I remember being very distressed about that.’
Others in the gas station rushed out to help the victim and urged Davis to stop
Other customers inside the gas station came rushing outside just as Davis sped away
After his release from the facility, Davis was then caught in a 125mph car chase in a stolen car.
It was nine months later that the carjacking at the 7- Eleven occurred.
Davis claimed that he needed the vehicle to get his girlfriend to Atlanta saying she was ‘in danger’.
His lawyer asked the judge to spare him jail time. ‘Mr. Davis had a hard life, a hard time. He needs to learn to cope,’ she said.
But prosecutor Assistant State’s Attorney Kelly McGann managed to persuade the judge that the crime was so violent only a custodial sentence would suffice.
‘It didn’t maybe start off as violence, but it certainly ended as violence,’ said McGann.