Woman, baby safe following Nebraska carjacking

DONIPHAN, NE (AP) — Central Nebraska deputies say a woman and her baby are safe after a man carjacked the woman’s vehicle near Doniphan.

NTV reports that the incident happened shortly after 11 a.m. Monday on Highway 281 south of Doniphan. Doniphan is about 12 miles south of Grand Island.

Hall County Sheriff Rick Conrad says a man walked into the middle of highway traffic, causing the woman to stop her van, and forced his way into the vehicle. Conrad said the man — identified as 30-year-old James Wheeler of Superior — told the woman to drive, but she instead grabbed her baby and jumped out of the van.

Conrad says the man took off in the van, but because the keyless ignition fob was still with the woman, the van shut down after a short distance.

Wheeler was arrested on suspicion of robbery, theft and criminal mischief.