Elderly Portage County man carjacked with wife in backseat; abductions suspects on the run

Suspects are still on the loose.

Elderly Portage County man carjacked with wife in the backseat

CLEVELAND, Ohio (WOIO) - Portage County officials are looking for a man and woman who carjacked an elderly couple on Monday evening with the wife still in the backseat.

Deputies said the suspects were released from the Portage County Jail just 40 minutes before the carjacking.

According to the sheriff’s office, the 73-year-old man was unloading a golf cart at the Mid-Way Drive-In in Ravenna Township when a man approached him asking for a ride to Kent.

When the elderly man turned, the two suspects jumped in the car and took off.

The man’s wife, 72, was in the backseat as the suspects drove away.

Almost two hours later, a citizen found the woman along a highway in Franklin Township.

She told authorities she was shoved from the car and the suspects kept her purse and cell phone.

As a precaution, the woman was taken to a hospital to be checked out.

The car, described as a silver 2014 Ford Flex with Ohio plate 857 YUS, is still missing.

Deputies have issued warrants for Christopher Michael Hastings, 32, who reports his address as homeless and Margaret Ann Hayes, 28, of Auburn Township in Geauga County.

Margaret Ann Hayes, 28, is wanted for the carjacking of an elderly couple in Portage County.
Margaret Ann Hayes, 28, is wanted for the carjacking of an elderly couple in Portage County.

Both Hastings and Hayes have been charged with abduction and auto theft.

Christopher Michael Hastings is wanted for the carjacking of an elderly couple in Portage County.
Christopher Michael Hastings is wanted for the carjacking of an elderly couple in Portage County.

Anyone with information on the suspects or the vehicle should call the Portage County Sheriff’s office at 330-296-5100.

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