Hillsborough County worker injured after wrestling with carjacking suspect, deputies say

A Hillsborough County building inspector was seriously injured this week in an altercation with a woman who hijacked his truck and was arrested after a brief pursuit, deputies said.

According to the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office, the carjacking occurred around 9:30 a.m. Tuesday when inspectors let his Ford F-150 The truck kept going.

McKenya Thomas, 22, got into the car to steal it and inspectors tried to stop her, deputies said. After a brief struggle, the inspector was thrown from the truck as Thomas sped away, deputies said.

A Florida Highway Patrol officer spotted the truck around 2 p.m. in Madison County, east of Tallahassee. During the brief pursuit, the soldier performed a precise pinning technique, or PIT maneuver, to stop the truck and apprehend Thomas. During an interview with detectives, she admitted to stealing the truck, according to the sheriff’s office.

Thomas faces charges of carjacking, theft of a motor vehicle, resisting a law enforcement officer and reckless driving.

The inspector was hospitalized with life-threatening injuries but was in stable condition Thursday and is expected to recover, according to the sheriff’s office. Due to Marcy’s Law, the sheriff’s office does not release the names of crime victims.