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Students pray for classmates' carjacked mother

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Students at Pantego Christian Academy made a card for the Cherry family. Students at Pantego Christian Academy made a card for the Cherry family.
ARLINGTON, Texas -

A mother who was carjacked and run over as she waited to pick up her children from school on Monday is still recovering from her injuries in the hospital.

Meanwhile, the man who police say is responsible for the crime is in custody.

Police have asked FOX 4 not to show the 32-year-old suspect, Benjamin Rowell, until they can get the victim to identify him in a photo lineup.

But they believe he is the man who stole Nina Cherry's vehicle on the campus of Pantego Christian Academy, then ran over the Arlington mother as he sped off in full view of other students and staff.

Cherry was at the school Monday afternoon to pick up her two children, who are both sophomores at the private school.

Police believe Rowell was trying to steal computers from the school. When he was confronted, he carjacked Cherry's Honda Odyssey van as she waited outside the school's field house.

The suspect crashed into at least three other vehicles as he fled, then abandoned the van in the 3100 block of Sunnybrook, where officers caught him.

On Tuesday, the school had extra counselors on hand as students dealt with their feelings about yesterday's violence.

Administrators allowed FOX 4's cameras into the school, where some students were making cards wishing Cherry a speedy recovery.

Police hope Cherry can identify her attacker in a photo lineup today or tomorrow. She is in intensive care at John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth.

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