Woman assaulted by acquaintance during car-jacking in Joplin

The suspect, Ryan Ewing also had warrants
Woman assaulted by acquaintance during car-jacking in Joplin

Police arrest a Joplin man after he allegedly assaults a woman he knew, steals her vehicle and leads authorities on a chase.

The incident happened on Sunday, January 6th, 2019. Joplin Police responded to a report of a vehicle theft that had just happened at Food 4 Less, East 32nd Street, at 7:35 p.m.

Authorities say a 24-year-old female from Arkansas was driving Ryan D. Ewing, 25, around Joplin in her vehicle. She allegedly decided she no longer wanted him in his vehicle and pulled into Food 4 Less and told him to get out. Police say Ewing refused to get out of the vehicle and took her phone and keys. The female eventually ended up outside of the vehicle and Ewing got in the driver’s seat. Authorities say he started the vehicle and then assaulted the female by punching her numerous times and then dragged her with the vehicle as he left in her car.

A Joplin Police Sergeant was driving to the scene and saw the vehicle going north at 20th Street and Range Line Road. The vehicle turned west on 20th Street and a police chase began near 20th and Connecticut. Police say at 18th and Massachusetts the vehicle lost control, hit a curb and left the roadway.

Authorities say Ewing ran from the crash before the officer caught up to the vehicle. Witnesses in the neighborhood and a trail of discarded clothing helped officers find the general area where Ewing ran to. Authorities set up a perimeter and brought in a K9 to search for the suspect. The K9 tracked to the back yard of a home on the 1700 block of South Massachusetts. Ewing was found hiding under a wheelbarrow and apprehended by the K9. Ewing was treated at a local hospital and taken to the Joplin City Jail.

The 24-year-old victim was taken to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

Authorities have submitted charges to the Newton County Prosecutor’s Office for second degree robbery. Police have also submitted charges to the Jasper County Prosecutor’s Office for tampering with a motor vehicle, felony resisting arrest, possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, driving while suspended and driving while intoxicated.

Ewing also had a felony probation violation warrant for drugs and two Joplin Police Department warrants.

Police say the victim and suspect knew each other and say it was not a random incident.