A SUV carrying five unknown suspects ran over a 34-year-old woman during a robbery of a fireworks stand in central Elk Grove on June 30. The stand volunteer was hospitalized for non-life threatening injuries, Elk Grove police reported.
Investigators later found the suspects’ vehicle in Sacramento and they released images of two suspects. The suspects remain at large.
This fireworks stand was used as a fundraiser for Elk Grove Dream Catchers Inc., a nonprofit that supports people with disabilities. Cynthia Mullen of Elk Grove Dream Catchers told the Citizen on July 2 that her daughter Mischele Mullen was doing well in her recovery.
“She asked me to keep this going,” she said about the fundraiser. “I’m doing it for her.”
This robbery was reported around 8:30 p.m. at the Smart & Final supermarket’s parking lot on the 8700 block of Elk Grove Boulevard.
Elk Grove police spokesperson Jason Jimenez said that a green 1999 Chevrolet Suburban pulled up to the stand. One passenger exited the vehicle and then stole a large box of fireworks. He returned to the vehicle before the suspects began driving away.
Mischele’s aunt, Penny Clay told the Citizen that one passenger grabbed her niece and assaulted her while she was trying to get loose. The moving vehicle then dragged the victim and ran over her before the suspects fled the scene.
“It wasn’t necessary to grab her,” Clay said. “All of that violence was after the fact that the fireworks were already stolen. There was absolutely no reason for that violence.”
Cynthia said that after the robbery her nonprofit decided to open their stand late and close early this week so that she can spend more time with her injured daughter.
“I just need to be there for her,” she said.
The Elk Grove Dream Catchers’ fireworks stand displayed photographs of the people they aid. Some of them include students at the Elk Grove Adult Community Training program. There are also old photographs of a girl who was born with a Trisomy 13 disorder; the Elk Grove Dream Catchers have supported her for 20 years.
“She wasn’t expected to live at all,” Cynthia said. “And she just turned 26.”
Readers with information about the robbery can contact the Elk Grove police’s Investigations Bureau at (916) 478-8058 or Crime Stoppers at (916) 443-4357. Crime Stoppers callers can be anonymous and earn a $1,000 reward.
Readers can also send tips to the Elk Grove police via SMS text message by first typing “CRIMES” (274637) on a cell phone, followed by “Tip732,” and then the message.