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Police looking for men involved in two carjackings, chase that spanned three cities

Posted at 6:17 PM, Apr 13, 2017
and last updated 2017-04-13 18:17:12-04

Bath Township, Independence and Cleveland police are trying to track down the men involved in two carjackings and a car chase that spanned three cities.

News 5 talked to one of the victims, who was held up at gunpoint at a rest stop in Bath Township, when the first carjacking incident happened.

Tatyana Skachko from Strongsville said she was in the parking lot at around 7 p.m. Wednesday when two men approached her, aiming their guns at her.

"When I saw those guns, I thought, 'oh my God, I'm maybe gonna die today.' I thought they're going to shoot me," she said.

Skachko said her husband was in the restroom. She was crying when he came out and asked her what happened.

"We couldn't do anything, you know," she said. "We just cried into each other's shoulders and didn't know what to do."

The men took off northbound on Interstate 77, leading police on the first car chase.

Then, police said the second carjacking incident involving the same men took place in the driveway of a home in the city of Independence.

Sgt. Steven Brown said he's worked at Bath Township for more than 28 years, but couldn't recall the last time he's encountered this type of crime.

"We really don't have that type of thing here," he said.

Independence Police said the Cleveland police helicopter followed the chase. They confirmed to News 5 that officers arrested at least one of the men in Cleveland, where the chase finally ended.

Sgt. Brown said Skachko did the right thing by surrendering immediately.

"There's nothing worth losing your life over. Be it your car, be it your wallet, there's nothing worth getting hurt. Just give it up and live to see another day," he said.

Skachko said she's also thankful to be alive and unharmed.

"They didn't shoot me, or they didn't do any harm to my body or my face," she said.

She also told News 5 that she took the day off from work to heal from the terrifying incident.