Only on 10: Suspect who stole Providence rescue says he's a victim
The man accused of stealing a Providence Fire rescue and driving it all the way into Connecticut was ordered held on $75,000 bail Tuesday.
Johnny Kimbrough, 36, was arraigned in New London on a charge of larceny of a motor vehicle.
The state told the judge Kimbrough had significant mental health issues and a lengthy criminal record including charges in both Rhode Island and Massachusetts.
At one point Kimbrough raised his hand to speak to the judge and said “I’m a victim, I’m being targeted.”
He was given a next court date of June 26, 2018.
NBC10 obtained surveillance video of the theft. It shows the suspect walking along the sidewalk on Dudley Street with Providence rescue 6 parked in the corner outside Rhode Island Hospital's Emergency Department.
A closer angle shows the suspect eventually making his way into the parking lot when he appears to look to the corner where the rescue is left running.
Shortly after he disappears from the camera frame, the rescue is seen backing out and driving off.
Authorities say that suspect was 36 year old Johnny Kimbrough who was behind the wheel when Connecticut state police stopped the stolen ambulance near exit 92 over the Rhode Island state line.
It’s still unclear what brought Kimbrough to Rhode Island hospital in the first place Monday morning; a spokesperson told NBC 10 he was not a patient there.
Kimbrough has yet to face charges of operating on a suspended license and eluding police in West Greenwich, where officers picked up his trail on I-95 South and followed him into Connecticut until his capture.
A spokesperson for the Providence Public Safety Commissioner told NBC 10, the rescue that was stolen was returned to service on Tuesday.