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Ambulance with patient inside stolen in Philadelphia; man arrested

Published On: Dec 24 2013 07:58:59 AM EST   Updated On: Sep 20 2013 10:50:37 PM EDT
Stolen ambulance

A man was arrested after carjacking an ambulance with a patient inside and then bailing out on a busy highway, police said.

Philadelphia police said they got a call around 3 p.m. Friday that a man with a gun confronted an ambulance crew and commandeered the vehicle, which was transporting a patient to a hospital.

The suspect pulled over on Interstate 76 -- the Schuylkill Expressway -- and took off running. Police quickly caught him.


The female patient was taken to the hospital in another ambulance. Authorities said she didn't have a medical emergency.

It's unclear what prompted the incident.

WPVI-TV said the suspect was well-dressed and appeared agitated while being taken into custody, and was shouting about a lottery ticket.