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Deputies: Man in underwear tried to steal car with kids inside

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Da Keo (Source: Spartanburg Co. Sheriff's Office) Da Keo (Source: Spartanburg Co. Sheriff's Office)

Deputies in Spartanburg County said a man was arrested after he attempted to steal a woman's car with her children still inside.

Deputies said the attempted carjacking happened outside the Dollar Tree on Hadden Heights Road Saturday about 1:30 p.m.

When deputies responded to the store, they said they saw the suspect running down the road wearing only his underwear, a tank top and socks with Dollar Tree employees running after him.

Investigators said the suspect, 33-year-old Da Keo, jumped into the victim's car while she was strapping in her children in the back seat.

He started to drive off, the woman and her sister-in-law tried to pull him out of the driver seat, but they were knocked to the ground and partially dragged by the door of car, according to the deputy's report. Deputies said the two woman were scratched up and bruised after they were hit by the car door.

As Keo continued to try to drive away, the woman's two children were able to jump out of the car, deputies said.

The mom and three other women were able to stop Keo in the parking lot, so he got out of the car, ran back inside the store and swiped a gallon of sweet tea then began running down the road, according to the report.

Deputies said they took Keo into custody after a short chase. Keo is charged with two counts of kidnapping, two counts of assault and battery and strong armed robbery.

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