Alleged carjacking leads to arrest

Matthew KuecherCOLUMBUS, Ind. – An Illinois man is in custody after he allegedly carjacked a vehicle from a gas station on Jonathan Moore Pike in Columbus Sunday. A press release from the Columbus Police Department said officers spoke with the victim, who told them an unknown man approached with his hand in his jacket as if he were holding a firearm. After being threatened the victim gave the keys to his van to the suspect, who was later identified as Matthew Kuecher, 33, of Orland Park, Illinois. A short time later an Indiana State Police officer saw the van heading south on Interstate 65. The report continued to say that when the trooper initiated a traffic stop, Kuecher allegedly fled at over 100 mph. He was eventually stopped on U.S. 31 in Jackson County and charged with auto theft, intimidation, battery, resisting law enforcement, and reckless driving.

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