Eyewitness News speaks with victim of alleged Evansville carjacking

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EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WEHT) — Eyewitness News has obtained an exclusive interview with the victim of Sunday night’s alleged Evansville carjacking.

The victim, Katie Lee, says that she was approached by a man after she got off work at Deaconess Hospital early Sunday night.

The man was later identified as 23-year-old Omaree Shay Roby of Milwaukee, WI.

Lee says Roby approached her as she was sitting in her car and asked if she had a charger.

She says Roby then told her to get out of the car at gunpoint, and took the vehicle.

When asked about the alleged car-jacking, Lee said she felt panic, and that, “… it was like… it doesn’t feel real. It was very much like one of those out-of-body experiences that you hear about.”

Detectives with the Indiana State Police say Roby was shot by deputies after a high-speed chase north of Terre Haute.

Around 4:22 a.m., Deputy Richard Stangle from the Vigo County Sheriff’s Department saw a car speeding and made an attempt to pull the driver over.

Authorities say the driver led him on a high-speed pursuit, reaching speeds of 120 mph.

Other responding officers were able to set up a spike strip ahead of the chase, which deflated the tires.

Officers say at that time, the man began shooting at them and managed to hit one officer’s cruiser.

Authorities say the man attempted to drive off with flat tires until he lost control of the vehicle at the exit ramp for US 36.

The man got out of the car and fired at officers. The officers returned fire, injuring the man.

Roby was taken to the hospital and is being treated for his injuries.

Indiana State Police say this is an active and ongoing investigation.

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(This story was originally published on September 27, 2020)


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