Man accused of assaulting elderly woman, stealing her car


Wheeling police have been investigating a carjacking since 4:30 p.m. Friday at the Providence Green Apartments on 5th Street in Wheeling. They knew what car to look for and after it was found abandoned along I-70 in Washington, Pennsylvania, it didn’t take long for the suspect to be found as well.

Pennsylvania State Police arrested 37-year-old Clifton Dent of Wheeling. Police say an elderly woman was dragged out of her car and her attacker drove off with it.

Public Information Officer Philip Stahl says the department is thankful for everyone's help.

"We're very happy that we have an arrest,” Stahl said. “We're very thankful to our local and regional law enforcement, to the media, to social media, to citizens throughout the region for helping us with this case."

Dent is being held in Washington County and will soon be moved to Wheeling to await court.

He is charged with robbery and grand larceny. Police say the woman's injuries are not life threatening.

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