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Victim in robbery, hit-and-run says she was left for dead

Published: Nov. 25, 2015 at 8:06 PM EST|Updated: Jan. 10, 2016 at 12:47 AM EST
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Megan Maiden (Source: WAVE 3 News)
Megan Maiden (Source: WAVE 3 News)
Sam Padilla (Source: WAVE 3 News)
Sam Padilla (Source: WAVE 3 News)

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – She was run over not once, but twice. Megan Maiden said she was run over and left for dead when she chased after thieves who were breaking into her shop.

"I definitely feel lucky. I mean it could have been much worse," Maiden said.

She and her fiancé, Sam Padilla, caught two thieves red handed on Nov. 18. at the former NAPA Auto Parts in Fairdale.

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"I saw the guy run from the side of the building and he took off through the, through our parking lot," she said.

Frustrated over how many times they've been hit by crime before, Padilla began to chase one of the thieves. Maiden took off straight for their getaway car.

"I jumped in the window and tried to get the keys out of the car," she said.

The driver sped up while Maiden held on with just one arm. She had just gotten her arm put in a cast earlier that day. Witnesses said Maiden hung on for 100 to 150 feet before she was was finally pushed off the vehicle. 

"I remember my head hitting the ground and I saw, like, the truck ran over me. They backed up and ran over me again," she said.

Padilla was horrified as he ran towards them.

"Just seeing everything go down, it just keeps playing over, and over and over," he said.

Passerbys snapped pictures of the white Suburban that sped away. The thieves, a man and a woman are still on the run.

"It's easy to say I'm tired of it, I'm done with it. But, um, that's just not us," Padilla said.

Thanks to the recent rain, Maiden did not even break her leg. The soft ground saved her from deeper injury.

The couple is moving forward with remodeling the auto shop and Padilla said he was ready to protect his customers and his family.

"He is that big tough guy but he's my teddy bear," Maiden said.

They have added 25 security cameras, an alarm and motion sensors.

"If I walked in on something like that again, I probably would do the same thing. And I know he would. I mean we were both chasing them like crazy people," she said.

Police have not released the names or descriptions of any suspects but said one is a woman and the other is a man.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Louisville Metro Police Department anonymous tip line at (502) 574-LMPD.

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