The day after his 2003 Hyundai Elantra was stolen while he was delivering pizza, Inomjon Madumarov got a tip: his friend thought he had seen the car in the Spring Garden area.
Mr. Madumarov, 29, set out looking for the car, and soon found it — or, rather, it found him. The suspected carjackers, who were engaged in a chase with the police, slammed into the car Mr. Madumarov was borrowing, forcing them to flee on foot. Mr. Madumarov ran after them and tackled them to the ground.
“I don’t know what happened to me at that moment, but I felt like adrenaline was rushing to my head, and I started chasing after them,” Mr. Madumarov said in an interview conducted in Russian.
The suspects, Akeyba Sanchez and Carl English, both 15, will be charged as adults, Pittsburgh police Lt. Kevin Kraus said. They will each be charged with robbery and criminal conspiracy, in addition to charges related to the Wednesday chase. Akeyba also faces an aggravated assault charge for striking Mr. Madumarov Tuesday night during the carjacking.
A fake pump shotgun was found inside the vehicle the suspects were driving, Lt. Kraus said.
Mr. Madumarov’s harrowing tale began on Tuesday night, when he was delivering pizza for Riviera Pizza & Pasta. While making his rounds in Northview Heights, he was attacked by a group of men armed with a shotgun, a handgun and a baseball bat, Lt. Kraus said. Mr. Madumarov was struck in the head, leading to a visit to the emergency room. The suspects left with his car and his jacket, which held his passport and other identification cards.
Before he can deliver more pizzas, Mr. Madumarov, who has a wife and daughter in his native Tashkent, Uzbekistan, must replace his I.D.s.
“I’m really at a loss for what to do, because I don’t have any papers on me and I can’t work,” Mr. Madumarov said. “I just have to stay home and hope that the documents will be found.”
The side door and rear of his car were damaged during the chase, Mr. Madumarov said.
“He’s pretty shocked and still confused,” said Azam Fayzullaez, a manager at Riviera Pizza. “I guess it’s hard to live through this stuff.”
Mr. Madumarov, who has been in the United States for about six months, said although he likes the United States, he’d like to return to Uzbekistan to see his daughter, who is almost 3. He said he has a law degree from Uzbekistan and originally came here to attend a conference on jurisprudence and stayed to make some money for his family.
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Lexi Belculfine: email@example.com or 412-263-1878. Twitter: @LexiBelc. First Published February 6, 2014 12:30 AM