Man carjacks woman, child outside Matthews orthodontist office, police say

MATTHEWS, N.C. — A woman and her child were carjacked Thursday morning in Matthews, police said.

A man described to be in his 50s approached the two, who were getting out of their 2005 Honda CRV at about 9 a.m. in the Starr & Dickens Orthodontics parking lot at the corner of Matthews Township Parkway and North Trade Street, police said.

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He demanded the CRV and stole it, police said.

He did not have a weapon, police said.

The woman gave police a description of the thief and the vehicle.

“It's very scary because we're right here and didn't know anything about it because we're so busy with our dentist office and our patients,” said Joyce Cato, who works at a local dentist office. “If something happens like that, I wish they'd go around telling the offices about it.”

About an hour later, a trooper pulled a driver of a CRV over on the Monroe Expressway at Morgan Hill Road for a possible DWI.

A deputy from the Union County Sheriff’s Office was in the area and spotted the stolen CRV.

The driver, who matched the woman’s description, was inside the vehicle, which was registered to its rightful owner.

Authorities arrested Stephen Scott Taylor, 41, of Wilmington, and charged him with DWI.

Matthews police are in the process of issuing more warrants, which include common law robbery and theft of a motor vehicle.

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