Fort Worth man stole, crashed ambulance, police say

A Fort Worth man remained in custody Monday, charged with stealing a MedStar ambulance at knifepoint last week, driving it at speeds that reached 70 mph on city streets and crashing it.

Kenneth Golightly, 29, was charged Friday with aggravated robbery, police say.

The holdup occurred shortly before 1 a.m. Wednesday in the 1500 block of Hemphill Street near John Peter Smith Hospital.

“The crew had just completed a call at the hospital and they were in the ambulance completing paperwork,” MedStar spokesman Matt Zavadsky said Monday. “A man walked up to them and told them that he wanted the ambulance.”

The two-person ambulance crew ignored him, but the suspect pulled out a knife, Zavadsky said. The crew got out and Golightly got in the ambulance and drove away. Crew members were not injured.

Golightly drove at speeds up to 70 mph on city streets in the hospital district before he crashed the vehicle through a fence in the 800 block of West Cannon Street, about a mile from the Fort Worth hospital, according to a video camera in the ambulance and police reports.

After crashing, Golightly fled on foot, but he was followed by a resident who directed patrol officers to his whereabouts and he was taken into custody.

Zavadsky said the ambulance was totaled. A police report estimated the value of the ambulance at $50,000.

Golightly was in the Tarrant County Jail Monday with bail set at $20,000.

Domingo Ramirez Jr., 817-390-7763

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