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Clark County

February 19, 2013

Man charged in carjacking with mom in tow

Charlestown man threatens mother, forces her behind wheel

CHARLESTOWN — A Sellersburg man was arrested in Charlestown on Friday after he forced his mother to drive him around to look for his girlfriend whom he had assaulted earlier in the day, according to police.

Marcus Buba, 23, of 2407 Hover Court, faces two preliminary felony charges following the incident that ended with his arrest at Circle K in Charlestown.

Charlestown police were contacted about 6:20 p.m. Friday after Buba’s sister called 911 to report that her brother was forcing their mother to drive him around in a purple Chevrolet Malibu on Ind. 403 from Charlestown toward Sellersburg.

Buba’s mother and sister said that he was seen earlier in the day slamming his girlfriend’s face into a steering wheel of a car. After the reported physical assault, Buba went to his mother’s place of work and demanded she take him to Sellersburg to find his girlfriend, his mother told police. She was hoping she would be able to take her son to Sellersburg, drop him off and leave, the mother told police.

While in the vehicle, the mother spoke with her daughter, who called 911 to alert police the carjacking had taken place. The sister told police that she feared for her and her mother’s life, based on Buba’s abusive history, if something wasn’t done. The sister said that he had physically abused her and threatened her in the past, police reported.

As Buba and his mother were driving in the Malibu, he demanded that they stop to get ice for the injuries he caused to his girlfriend’s face, according to the mother’s statements.

She said after arriving at his girlfriend’s residence, Buba and his girlfriend began to argue and at one point,” ... [the girlfriend] came to her window and screamed at her for bringing Marcus [Buba] to her residence.”

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