Police: Man steals woman’s car then runs her over before fleeing scene in Gastonia

Gaston Emergency Medical Services personnel responded and took the woman to a nearby hospital for treatment of her injuries.
Published: Sep. 30, 2021 at 1:16 PM EDT
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GASTONIA, N.C. (WBTV) - Police say a man has been arrested as he is accused of stealing a woman’s car then running her over before fleeing the scene in Gastonia on Tuesday.

Gastonia Police have arrested and charged 61-year-old Marshall Wayne Lancaster with motor vehicle theft and aggravated assault after they say he stole a woman’s car and then struck her with the vehicle as he fled the area.

On Tuesday, Sept. 28 just after midnight, an officer was on patrol on Union Road when he heard a woman screaming in the area. The officer checked the area and located a 40-year-old woman, Lisa Morgan, along with her young daughter in a nearby parking lot. The woman appeared injured and in need of medical assistance.

During the initial investigation, police say the officer determined that a man had stolen Morgan’s vehicle and that he had struck her with the car as he was fleeing the area while driving her vehicle.

Gaston Emergency Medical Services personnel responded and took Morgan to a nearby hospital for treatment of her injuries.

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Additional responding officers located the stolen car abandoned in a parking lot on Union Road. A K9 officer and his partner located an individual, now identified as Lancaster, in the area where Morgan’s car was abandoned.

Based on evidence gathered during the investigation, officers determined that Lancaster was the suspect who stole Morgan’s car and then struck her with the vehicle as he fled the area.

Morgan and her husband, Greg Morgan, spoke to WBTV in an interview Thursday evening. Lisa Morgan recounted the moment she realized her car was missing and reported that the vehicle had been stolen.

“I was on the phone reporting it stolen and it pulls up in the church parking lot beside my home,” explained Morgan.

She said she and her daughter ran over to the church parking lot to confront the driver.

“I remember telling him to get out of my car, get out of my car. I heard some other noises and I woke up in the ambulance,” recalled the victim.

Greg Morgan said he also ran over the vehicle and tried to plead with the man behind the wheel. He explained that the situation got dangerous when the man tried to flee with the stolen vehicle.

“Right as my wife had approached the car again from the front, and he hit her. She went up onto the hood. He kind of slowed down for a second. She fell back off and then he literally ran all the way over her and then out of the church parking lot, out on to Union Road and down the road,” said Greg Morgan.

He said he fired gunshots at the car after it hit his wife, explaining that the incident left him shaken.

“It was the most horrific thing I’ve ever seen in my life. It really was. I didn’t even want to look at first back where my wife had been hit. I was afraid to,” said Greg Morgan.

Lisa Morgan said she was rushed to CaroMont Regional Medical Center and was then transported to Atrium Health Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte. She said she suffered a concussion, has possible fluid on the brain, multiple broken ribs and has road rash all over her body.

“It was the worst pain I’ve ever felt in my life and I gave birth to four kids,” said the victim.

Lisa Morgan said she believes she had mistakenly left her car keys in the vehicle Monday and that is how the car was stolen.

“Anything of value, do not leave in your vehicle,” she said.

Greg Morgan also issued a warning message for the public.

“As much as it seems like the right thing to do to run and confront the individual, sometimes it may not be the best thing, you know? Just let the police handle it.”

A GoFundMe page has been created to help Lisa Morgan with unexpected financial burdens associated with the incident. A link to the page can be found here.

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