Man accused of stealing car from man who offered him a ride has been arrested

Posted by Dan Whisenhunt May 23, 2017

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Decatur Police say that a man accused of stealing a car from a man who offered him a ride has been arrested.

Lt. Jennifer Ross said that Neil Boan of Roswell was arrested and the car he allegedly stole – a blue 2017 Hyundai Elantra – was recovered by the Sandy Springs Police Department.

Police initially accused Boan of hijacking a motor vehicle, but the court decided that “elements of the crime” were not met. He will be charged with theft by taking of a motor vehicle.

The incident occurred on Monday morning, May 22.

Decatur Police responded to the call in the 400 block of West Ponce de Leon at 3:25 a.m.

According to the police, the man was at a gas station at Peachtree Street in Atlanta early Monday morning. He was approached by an unknown man asking for a ride to Ponce de Leon Avenue. The victim offered to give the man a ride. When they got into the city of Decatur, the victim stopped his car to check and see if he had a flat tire. When he got out of the car, the stranger he’d picked up jumped into the driver’s seat and drove off headed east on West Ponce de Leon.

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