Man who stole & crashed ambulance in jail

We're learning more about the suspect police say stole and ambulance and caused an 11 car crash.

PRINCE GEORGE'S COUNTY, Md. (WUSA9) -- The man who stole an ambulance and then crashed it is out of the hopsital and in jail, according to police.

Prince George's County police say 34-year-old Sebastian Kellinger Isaksen of Silver Spring stole the ambulance that belonged to the Branchville Volunteer Fire Department. He then crashed it, killing one person and injuring others.

The man who was killed has been identified as 77-year-old Alvin Hargrave of Greenbelt. A pregnant woman who was a passenger in the car suffered less serious injuries. She identified herself to WUSA9 on our Facebook page as 36-year-old Cheryl Linkins of Riverdale, Md.


Detectives have charged Isaksen with carjacking, assault but are still investigating the charges that may be associated with Hargrave's death. Police are looking into whether drugs or alcohol played a role.

According to police, the two emergency medics in the ambulance were returning to their station after completing a patient transport when they saw a car go off the road on the Beltway, fire officials said.

When the medics went to assist they were attacked by Isaksen, the driver, police said, but not injured.

Isaksen then stole the ambulance, driving it south on Route 495. He exited onto Kenilworth Avenue and went west on Greenbelt Road, fire officials said. About two blocks down, the ambulance caused a multi-vehicle crash that damaged at least three vehicles.

Hargrave suffered life-threatening injuries and later died at the hospital, fire officials said.

After the crash on Greenbelt Road the ambulance traveled down an embankment, rolled onto its side and struck at least seven unoccupied vehicles, fire officials said. The vehicle landed in the parking lot at Eat at Joe's Crab Shack in the Beltway Plaza.

Patrons of the restaurant heard the crash happen.

"There was a big boom and people inside the restaurant were running around trying to determine what happened and then we saw the ambulance on top of my car," Stephanie Johnson told WUSA9.

Johnson had gotten out of her car just before the ambulance crashed. " I just got out of my car and the accident happened. I'm just thankful I'm alive," Johnson said.

Witnesses say Isaksen was acting belligerent. "It took about five minutes for them to get him out, because apparently he wasn't trying to get out, he was really aggressive, but they were able to get him out and get him on to the ground," one witness described.

He was then transported to a local hospital in critical condition, say authorities. Two other people were taken to the hospital from the scene and three were treated on the scene, fire officials said.

The ambulance appears to have been totaled and it will cost about $250,000 to replace it.

Isaksen's LinkedIn profile says he's an Electrical Communications Engineer at TASC, Inc., a defense and space contractor, and that he went to the University of Maryland. No one was home at the Silver Spring house his neighbor says he lived in with his parents. She didn't want to appear on camera but called him a "nice kid."

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