Judge issues bond to suspect accused of stealing ambulance
DEKALB COUNTY, GA (CBS46) -
The man accused of stealing an ambulance with two fire department paramedics inside went before a judge on Sunday.
A DeKalb County magistrate judge set Frank Ponquinette's bond at $100,000, $25,000 for each charge.
Ponquinette is charged with four charges including two counts of kidnapping, interference with government property and theft by taking of a motor vehicle.
Officers arrested Ponquinette, 36, for stealing a DeKalb County rescue unit Saturday afternoon.
The DeKalb County ambulance was stolen off an Emory Hospital emergency ramp with two firefighters inside.
DeKalb Fire Battalion Chief Christopher Morrison said the two firefighters were in the back doing paperwork when the suspect who appeared to be a patient stole the ambulance.
"They were in the back completing some paperwork and allegedly, a patient came out of the hospital dressed in a gown and rubber gloves, jumped in the front seat, locked the doors and took off in the unit," Morrison said.
Morrison said one of the captive firefighters managed to radio for help on a private channel.
"He knew they were in the unit because he actually looked through the window in the back and he saw them and pretty much told them to just be quiet and hold on," Morrison said.
Morrison said the ambulance raced 1 1/2 miles from the hospital, eventually crashing into the Sandy Chiropractic office on Church Street. No one was inside at the time. The front of that building was destroyed, and the ambulance was totaled.
DeKalb County police said Ponquinette fled the scene, ran to a nearby apartment and stole clothing from its laundry room.
Officers arrested Ponquinette at the Suburban Plaza Shopping Center on North Decatur Road at about 6 p.m.
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