Woman carjacks SUV with 5 children inside to flee NC multi-car crash, deputies say

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GRANDY, N.C. (WAVY) — A Virginia woman is facing several charges after she left the scene of a crash in a stolen vehicle with five children inside, police say.

Police say they received a call at 12:40 p.m. on Sunday afternoon regarding a multi-vehicle crash at the intersection of Augusta Drive and N.C 158 in Currituck County. After the crash, police say a man who witnessed the wreck stopped to check on those involved.

As he approached the cars, a woman involved in the accident jumped into the driver’s seat of his Chevrolet Suburban SUV and left the scene with his five children inside.

The woman, Markell Hancox of Chesapeake, Virginia, drove northbound down Caratoke Highway before pulling into a Hop Inn store where she fled on foot, police said. Officers were able to arrest her shortly after.

All five children were found safe and uninjured in the Suburban.

Hancox has been charged with five counts of second-degree kidnapping, leaving the scene of an accident and larceny of a motor vehicle. She is currently being held at the Currituck County Detention Center under a $210,000 bond.

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