Police say a man punched and kicked a 26-year-old woman near downtown Wednesday afternoon, then took her car and struck at least 15 other vehicles and a bicyclist and a pedestrian across a swath of eastern Durham.
The incident began about 4:40 p.m. in the 600 block of West Morgan Street, in the recently redeveloped West Village area of former tobacco buildings and two blocks from the Durham School of the Arts, police said.
The woman told police that a man attacked her as she was getting into her car, kicking and punching her and knocking her down, then taking her keys and the red Honda Civic with Georgia license tags.
The stolen car hit multiple vehicles, beginning on streets hear the scene and later including U.S. 70, Interstate 85, South Alston Avenue, South Miami Boulevard and Davis Drive, police spokeswoman Kammie Michael said.
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The woman was taken to a hospital, but her injuries did not appear to be life-threatening, Michael said.
The pedestrian and bicyclist were not seriously hurt.
The assailant was described as a black man with a light complexion, 30 to 40 years old, 6 feet tall or slightly taller and having a muscular build. He wore a tan jacket, police were told, and what were described as combat boots.
Police asked that anyone who can help them identify or find the attacker or the stolen car to call CrimeStoppers at 919-683-1200. CrimeStoppers pays cash rewards for information leading to arrests in felony cases, and callers never have to identify themselves.