Homeless woman steals car in front of church in LI and runs over its elderly owner: police officers

A homeless woman is accused of stealing a car outside a Long Island church, running over its owner and then brazenly claiming that the vehicle belonged to her, police officers and a witness said.

Doreen Dunbar, 50, jumped into the Chevrolet Spark as it pulled in front of St. Mary’s Church on Lake Shore Drive in Lake Ronkonkoma around 6:45 p.m., Suffolk County Police said.

The vehicle’s owner, Lorraine Lombardo, 73 – who had rushed out to drop off some clothing items in a donation bin – then opened the driver’s door and attempted to yank the steering wheel from Dubar’s hands, police said.

Police said the carjacker reversed the stolen Chevy, knocked Lombardo over and ran over her legs.

Neighbor Kathleen White said she then saw Dunbar return to where Lombardo was lying on the ground and heard her argue with the victim that the car was actually hers.

“She came back and argued with the woman on the ground and said, ‘This is my car.’ So the two argued [over] whose car it was. So I said, ‘Well, the police can find out whose car it is,'” White told News 12.

St Mary's Episcopal Church.
The vehicle’s owner, Lorraine Lombardo, ran out to throw some clothes in the church’s donation bin.
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Doreen Dunbar reversed the stolen Chevy, knocked over Lorraine Lombardo and ran over her legs, police said.

Dunbar sped away, crashed the hatchback into a nearby guardrail and fence, and then ran away on foot, police said.

Cops who responded to the scene arrested Dunbar a short time later using a helicopter and a K9 unit.

The 50-year-old, who police say is homeless, was arrested on first-degree assault charges and second-degree robbery.

Lombardo was taken to Stony Book University Hospital with serious but non-life-threatening injuries to his legs, police said. Dunbar was taken to the same hospital for a check-up. Homeless woman steals car in front of church in LI and runs over its elderly owner: police officers


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