3 06 2008

27-year-old Miramar man charged with carjacking disabled teen

2 June 2008

By Macollvie Jean-François | South Florida Sun-Sentinel

http://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/local/broward/sfl-flbcarjacking0602sbjun02,0,1941113.story

Miramar – A man suspected of carjacking a physically disabled woman was jailed during the weekend.

Lester Boss Bailey, 27, of Miramar, is suspected of jumping into Monique Reed’s slow-moving car to chase down two men he’d been arguing with Saturday, according to police and Reed’s mother. Lisa Reed said she wants Bailey to pay for what he did to her 19-year-old daughter, who suffers from spina bifida, for their car and for the potential damage to their lives from the ordeal.

“I was really scared because he was driving like crazy,” Monique Reed said Sunday. “I thought I was gonna die.”

According to Monique and Lisa Reed:

About 1:30 p.m. Saturday, the Nova Southeastern University student went to see friends in a neighborhood near Miramar Parkway and Southwest 68th Avenue. When a dispute broke out at the house, she got into her 2006 Chevrolet Aveo, which displays a blue handicap decal.

Monique Reed, whose feet turn outward, was driving away slowly when she saw two men running past. Moments later, another man ran out to chase them.

As she approached Miramar Parkway, he yanked her door open and told her to get out.

He shoved her across to the passenger seat and told his companions to jump in. She was pinned at the gear shifter, with her legs hanging on to the driver’s seat, when the carjacker sat on one of her legs.

Still in that position, he chased the two men, who were on foot, weaving down Miramar Parkway and side streets, knocking over mailboxes and light poles and scattering pedestrians and cars, while Monique Reed begged him to stop the car.

“I was just screaming,” she said. “I was shaking. I was scared for my life.”

The carjacker eventually stopped and took off on foot.

When police arrived, they interviewed Monique Reed and handed her a waiver of prosecution. She signed it unknowingly, her mother said.

When Lisa Reed came home from work that night and learned of the incident, she called police and insisted on prosecution. The women accompanied an officer to the house where the argument had erupted and found Bailey about 10 p.m.

Bailey faces charges of carjacking without a firearm or weapon, kidnapping to commit or facilitate a felony, criminal mischief/damage to property, probation violation and cocaine possession, Miramar police spokesman Bill Robertson said.

A judge denied bail on three of the charges, and Bailey remained at the Broward Sheriff’s Main Jail on Sunday.

Bailey has had many brushes with the law since 1999, state criminal records show. He was convicted of larceny in February and cocaine possession in 2007.

Macollvie Jean-François can be reached at mjfrancois@sun-sentinel .com or 954-385-7922.

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