Virginia Woman Steals SUV With 5 Kids Inside After Multi-Vehicle Crash

A Virginia woman was arrested in North Carolina on Sunday after she allegedly stole an SUV with five children inside following multi-vehicle collision.

The Currituck County Sheriff’s Office said that several vehicles were involved in the crash shortly after 12:30 p.m. Grandy. The driver of a Chevrolet Suburban witnessed the accident and stopped to assist.

After he exited his vehicle, deputies say Markell Hancox, who was driving one of the crashed vehicles, jumped into the driver’s seat of the Suburban and took off north on Caratoke Highway.

Hancox drove about a half block and pulled into a Hop In convenience store parking lot, jumped out of the vehicle and ran. Deputies and the SUV’s owner chased her down.

“The children were extremely shaken, but not harmed,” the sheriff’s office said.

Hancox has been charged with five counts of second degree kidnapping and one count each of leaving the scene of an accident and motor vehicle larceny. She’s behind held at the Currituck County Detention Center in Maple on a $210,000 bond.

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[Featured image: Markell Hancox/Currituck County Sheriff’s Office]