TRUSSVILLE, Ala. (WIAT) — The Trussville Police Department arrested two women Tuesday after allegedly stabbing a man multiple times and leading officers on a vehicle pursuit.
Amirah Latrice Harris, 28, of Brooklyn, N. Y., and Kyarra M. Bastian, 22, of Springfield, Mass. were charged with attempted murder, 1st degree robbery and reckless endangerment. TPD said that they will be transferred to the St. Clair County Jail where they will be held without bond.
According to TPD, officers were called to Mack Roper Rd. just before 11:45 a.m. when they discovered a man suffering from multiple stab wounds. The victim was able to provide authorities with a description of the suspects and the vehicle they drove off in.
Law enforcement was then able to locate a vehicle that matched the description near Sample Drive. Officers attempted a traffic stop but the suspects failed to pull over which began a chase for 1.5 miles before the driver lost control and stopped on the railroad tracks behind the Golden Rule Bar-B-Que.
Two women inside the vehicle were arrested, and an 18-month-old girl was also found inside the vehicle. The child has been released to the Department of Human Resources, according to Trussville PD.
Investigators say the suspects had apparently responded to a Facebook Marketplace ad for a car that was posted by the victim.
Lt. Clint Riner said it’s important to never do online transactions in person alone and to be around other people.
“It’s always best to have a friend, just someone to look after you to help you out, help call the police if needed or help fight somebody off,” Riner said. “Always bring somebody that you feel comfortable and confident in that can help protect you if the situation goes sideways.”
Trussville Police offered the following advice if you plan to shop on sites like Facebook Marketplace to best protect yourself and your family:
1. Do not meet alone. If possible bring a family member or a friend
2. Tell a family member or friend when, where and who you are meeting.
3. Make contact with a family member or friend just prior to and after the transaction.
4. Do not meet in a secluded area, try shopping center parking lots or other populated areas.
5. Do not invite strangers into your home and do not go to their home if you can’t meet in public.
6. Perform the transaction during daylight hours.
7. Be cautious when buying or selling high value items.
8. If it sounds too good to be true, it usually is.
9. Have a cell phone with you and be aware of your surroundings
10. Always trust your instincts, leave if you don’t feel comfortable.