RICHMOND HEIGHTS, MO (KMOV.com) – Police say the woman who stole a car outside of St. Mary's Health Center with a 91-year-old woman still inside was released from Richmond Height's police custody earlier that day.
"We parked in the handicap spot," said the daughter of the victim, Dewanda Marion. "The lady walked out of the building and said that there was valet parking from 2:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. She said they were having a special arts festival in the back."
Marion left the car in the woman's care, but when she came back outside, her car and her grandmother were gone. Police say the suspect dropped the grandmother off at Manchester and Kingshighway when she realized she was still inside.
"I told them I needed something so they gave me some crates to sit on. I sat down and held onto a post," said 91-year-old Essie Sims. "Somebody came along and said, 'That lady needs some help.'"
St. Mary's Hospital did confirm that they did not offer valet parking Saturday night and there was no arts festival happening that day.
The elderly woman was then found by police and taken back to St. Mary’s for evaluation. The woman said she was fine and denied medical treatment.
Police are asking for the public to watch for the vehicle with license plate: PK8V5T. Anyone with information is asked to call authorities.