Driver crashes into Abilene woman’s home, steals cellphone so she can’t call police


ABILENE, Texas (KTAB/KRBC) – Police are searching for a man accused of crashing into an Abilene woman’s home then forcibly stealing her cellphone before she could call for help.

Chris Ratcliff told KTAB and KRBC she thought her house on the 2600 block of S. 27th Street had exploded when she awoke Saturday morning to find her living room full of smoke and a strange light, which she thought was fire

After running outside, Ratcliff noticed a car sticking out from the front of her house, so she went back inside, grabbed her phone, and went back out to see if she could do anything for the driver.

However, Ratcliff says the driver was already out and when she tried to call 9-1-1, he said, “you’re not calling the police. You don’t realize how much money I have. I will pay for all of this.”

The driver then engaged Ratcliff in a physical altercation that ended when he violently pushed her and took her phone.

Ratcliff was able to drive to a nearby gas station and finish calling for help, but before she returned home, the driver freed his car and left, though his bumper with the license plate attached was found near the scene. 

A suspect has been identified and police are working to take him into custody.***

Ratcliff was sleeping on the couch when the crash occurred, causing the car to land 3-to-4 feet from her head. 

The strangest part? – Ratcliff says she got a desire to rearrange her furniture on a whim last week. The very couch she was sleeping on would have been underneath the window the car drove through if she hadn’t moved it. 

***KTAB and KRBC are choosing to withhold the suspect’s identity until he is arrested. BigCountryHomepage will update this article when additional information is released. 

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