Reginald Stocking was left with serious head injuries after the attack outside his home
Detectives investigating the brutal car-jacking of a West Bromwich pensioner on his driveway have charged a man with wounding and robbery.
Reginald Stocking was opening the gate to his Chapel Street home last Sunday (May 10) when a man jumped behind the wheel of his Peugeot 207.
The 78-year-old fought to stop the thief but was struck by the car and crushed against a wall. He remains seriously ill in hospital.
West Midlands Police detectives have charged 34-year-old Andrew Jones with wounding, robbery and burglary − the latter relating to a break-in at an address in Grosvenor Road, Tipton, shortly after the 9.20pm car-jacking.
Unemployed Jones, from Dingle Street, Oldbury, has been remanded in police custody and is set to appear before Warley magistrates on Monday morning.
Stacey Johnson, from Maria Street in West Bromwich, has also been charged with handling stolen goods. The 26-year-old is accused of storing a TV taken during the burglary.
Detective Sergeant David Hughes said the investigation team was still keen to hear from any witnesses.
He said: "We recovered Mr Stocking’s blue Peugeot 207 from Walter Street in West Bromwich. Today officers will be at that location with a similar vehicle in the hope it may jog people’s memories and secure information about who dumped the car.
"And tonight (Sunday) officers will also be handing out flyers in Chapel Street and talking to motorists and passers-by − hopefully we’ll speak to someone who witnessed the robbery or was in the area at the time and can provide useful information."
Anyone with information is urged to call Det Sgt David Hughes at West Bromwich police station on the 101 number.