A Watseka man who stopped to aid a man involved in a single-vehicle crash north of Morocco, Ind., became a victim when the man carjacked his vehicle at gunpoint on Monday.
The suspect, Victor E. Cihonski Jr., of South Bend, Ind., dropped the man off a few miles later.
Cihonski ended up crashing the stolen car while being chased by an Indiana State Trooper. The pursuit ended near Plymouth, Ind., which is located 98 miles east of Kankakee.
The 61-year-old Cihonski was arrested on numerous charges.
According to Newton County (Ind.) Sheriff’s Department, police were dispatched at 6:20 a.m. to a single-vehicle accident on U.S. Route 41 near 300W Road (north of the Morocco overpass).
The Watseka man witnessed the crash and called 911.
He then went to check on the driver. Cihonski displayed a gun and forced the man to drive him in his car. Within a few miles, Cihonski released the man unharmed.
The suspect then drove away in the stolen vehicle.
At 8:25 a.m., Cihonski crashed the vehicle as he was being chased by an Indiana State Trooper near Plymouth.
After he was treated for nonlife-threatening injuries, Cihonski was booked into the Lake County Jail in Crown Point, Ind., and charged with operating while intoxicated (controlled substance), reckless driving, resisting law enforcement and weapons charges.
Cihonski also is being held in connection with armed robberies that occurred in Cedar Lake and Lowell in Lake County. Formal charges are to be determined by the Lake County Prosecutor’s Office.
Cihonski also is facing several felony charges from the Newton County Sheriff’s Department related to the carjacking.