McDowell County sheriff’s deputies are searching for a woman believed to have stolen a car, authorities said Tuesday morning.

Tomoka Shenee Young, 40, address listed as Vein Mountain Road in Marion, is wanted for larceny of a motor vehicle and possession of a stolen vehicle.

Louis and Alisa Peterson, of Marion, reported on Monday, March 18 that someone took their 2006 Nissan Murano SUV from the parking lot of Doug’s Garage, on Serenity Drive in Nebo, where it was sitting to be repaired.

Then, on Tuesday, March 26, Alisa Peterson was in traffic on N.C. 226 South at Gaddy Road and spotted her stolen Nissan. She followed the vehicle to a residence on Candee Acres and confronted the driver, identified as Young.

The suspect left the area and has not been located. The Nissan, valued at $4,000, was recovered.

Young is the same woman who was charged last month with assault on a law enforcement officer inflicting serious injury, resisting a public officer and driving while license revoked.

At approximately 12:45 a.m. on Wednesday, March 20, McPeters assisted Deputy Jesse Hicks with a traffic stop on U.S. 221 South. Deputies knew the driver, identified as Young, did not have a valid license, according to a release from the Sheriff’s Office.

During the stop, Young exited the vehicle at McPeters’ request, became irate and punched him in the face, according to a report. A pit bull jumped from Young’s car and caused both the suspect and McPeters to fall, which left the deputy with a hand injury. He was later treated at Mission Hospital McDowell for a dislocated finger.

Anyone with information concerning Young’s whereabouts is asked to call Detective Paul Alkire at 652-2237 or McDowell County Crime Stoppers at 65-CRIME (652-7463). You can also text your tips to Crime Stoppers. Text TIP MCDOWELLSO and your information to 888777. With Crime Stoppers, your identity remains anonymous, and you could receive a cash reward.

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