Police: Man who stole elderly woman's car arrested

Suspect under arrest after 2-hour search

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Jacksonville Sheriff's Office booking photo of Christopher Trulock

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Police say a man stole an 88-year-old woman's car at a Southside gas station after tricking her into thinking she had a nail in her tire.

Police said an 88-year-old woman was pumping gas at the station on Emerson Street just off Interstate 95 about 11:40 a.m. when 34-year-old Christopher Trulock approached and told her she had a nail in one of her tires. According to the police report, when she went to look, Trulock jumped in the driver's seat.

When the woman tried to stop him, he closed the door on her hand as he was driving away. He was seen entering I-95 southbound.

After a two-hour search, police were able to locate Trulock along Sunbeam Road.

"Officers found him at a nearby complex," said Sgt. Ron Thompson of the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office. "They conducted an area search and he was apprehended by a police dog. He is under arrest and going to jail to be treated for the injuries he sustained."

Trulock suffered more serious injuries from the police dog, but they are not life-threatening. He was booked on a charge of auto theft, fleeing and attempting to elude a law enforcement officer and driving on a suspended or revoked driver's license.

The victim told Channel 4's Elizabeth Campbell her hand is OK. She said she'll never leave her keys in the car while pumping gas again.

The woman, whom Channel 4 is not identifying, is going to change her locks because she doesn't know where one set of her keys could be now, and her license and checkbook with her home address was also taken.

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