A Wareham man is charged with carjacking and kidnapping after ordering a 75-year-old woman loading groceries in her car to drive him to the bank and give him money then carjacking a car with a family inside.
31-year-old Matthew Mullen approached the woman at Stop and Shop and placed his fingers against her neck claiming he had a weapon. He ordered her to drive him to a nearby bank and give him money. The attempt to get money failed and the two then headed toward Onset center where the woman spotted a Wareham Police Cruiser.
The woman immediately flagged down the police and told them she needed help. At this moment Mullen took the drivers seat of the car and sped away from the scene.
Mullen then abandoned the vehicle in the area of Main Avenue and East Central Ave. in Onset and took a second vehicle occupied by a wife, her husband and their two-month-old baby. Mullen entered the vehicle in the back seat and ordered the female operator to leave the area threatening that he had a weapon.
Seconds later Wareham Police surrounded the vehicle and apprehended Mullen. No one was injured in the ordeal.
Mullen is charged with four counts of kidnapping, assault with intent to rob a person over 60, armed larceny of a motor vehicle, failure to stop for police, negligent operation of a motor vehicle, operating a motor vehicle with a suspended license, and carjacking.