53-year-old man jumps into Cadillac hearse containing body and drives off as horrified family watches (video)By Mason White 12:42 PM January 2, 2015
By: Tanya Malhotra
(Scroll down for video) A family was horrified to see a man jumping into a hearse, which contained their loved one’s body, and driving off, police in California said.
The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced that 53-year-old Ronnie Skipper, stole the hearse as the family was preparing for the burial.
Skipper has been charged with grand theft of an automobile,
driving or taking a vehicle without consent and unlawful transportation of remains.
The defendant was arraigned at the Foltz Criminal Justice Center in Department 30. Skipper was previously convicted of attempted second-degree robbery, according to court records.
According to the police investigation, police received a call regarding a black Cadillac hearse that was stolen from a church in the 4900 block of Avalon Boulevard in Los Angeles.
Additionally, law enforcement was alerted that the vehicle held a casket with body remains.
Authorities immediately began a search, and discovered the hearse pulled over with several people holding down the driver.
The motorist was later identified as Skipper. Soon after, Skipper was arrested by police and subsequently charged in connection with the incident.
If convicted as charged, the defendant faces seven years in state prison.