Man Steals Car With 3 Kids Inside, Dad Chases Them Down And Beats Thief To Death

A carjacker was killed after he stole a vehicle with a couple's three young children still inside.

Philadelphia, PA – A man who stole a vehicle with three young children inside was chased down and beaten to death by the kids’ father and other bystanders on Thursday night.

The incident occurred at approximately 9 p.m., after a 25-year-old woman left her three children inside her running vehicle while she ran inside a pizzeria to speak with her 25-year-old boyfriend, the New York Daily News reported.

Her boyfriend, who is an employee at the pizzeria, is also the father of two of her children.

While she was inside, a 54-year-old man suddenly jumped into her vehicle and sped away with the kids, ages five, one, and seven months, still in the car.

The father took off on foot after the stolen vehicle, and managed to catch up to the suspect when he became stuck in traffic a short distance away, WPVI reported.

"They were able to pull this car thief out of the vehicle,” Philadelphia Police Chief Inspector Scott Small told the news outlet. “He fled on foot about a half a block. And the boyfriend caught up to him and there was some sort of physical struggle that ensued.”

The father pummeled and kicked the suspect, and was soon joined by other men in the neighborhood, the New York Daily News reported.

The attack continued until the car thief was knocked unconscious.

The suspect was transported to Temple University Hospital with severe injuries to his face and head, and was pronounced dead just after 10 p.m., WCAU reported.

The children’s parents were both taken into custody for questioning, and are cooperating with investigators, Chief Small confirmed.

The altercation was also captured by nearby surveillance cameras, police said.

The kids were not physically injured during the incident, and have been placed in the care of other family members for the time being, according to the New York Daily News.

The Philadelphia Police Department Homicide Unit and the District Attorney’s Office are working to determine whether or not the father will be charged in connection with the suspect’s death.

Comments (108)
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THEDUKE
THEDUKE

Need more of this to show these POS the public is done with their BS.

HAWAIIBLUE
HAWAIIBLUE

Justice served, lesson learned from the thief and any other car thief. Next!!!!!

louisecompanion
louisecompanion

Fortunately and unfortunately, at times I do believe in vigilante justice. The mother should be charged for negligence for leaving the car running with three kids in the car. That could have possibly prevented this crime.

BlueGladiator
BlueGladiator

God help that father, he is in a severely liberal bastion and they don't take kindly to people who should be lawfully protecting themselves or someone else...

IseeWhereThisIsGoing
IseeWhereThisIsGoing

Once he pulled the guy out of the car, said guy was no longer a threat to the kids, so chasing him down the block and pummeling him senseless might have been a little overkill.... but I'd still gladly find the father not guilty should criminal charges be filed if I was on the jury.

MrTito
MrTito

Well this was in Philadelphia so the man will get life in prison for killing a poor underprivileged misunderstood man

BlueLM101
BlueLM101

Father of the year!!!

Susanoma
Susanoma

Dont charge this guy or the mother. The idiot thief made a conscious decision to steal the car. Kill his sorry ass. Now we dont have to pay for the loser

Soapstarpeper
Soapstarpeper

Have to say! Poor judgment on the mother’s part AGAIN for leaving her kids in a running car.

That being said, the father was “temporarily insane” thinking about what may have happened to his children. I understand his reaction and don’t see s justification for any charges.

Hartshorn
Hartshorn

I HOPE SHE'S LEARNED TO LOCK HER DOORS AND TAKE THE KEY WITH HER.

Trueferblue
Trueferblue

Charge the father?! Give him a fucking medal and a reward!

TYrr
TYrr

Good Job.

AndyD1134
AndyD1134

Mothers an asshole for leaving an infant, and deserves to be charged, but the dad doesn't!

new2lv2
new2lv2

Mother is at fault. Dad was a hero.

vwiles34
vwiles34

Sounds like temporary insanity. Seeing his kids being taken set him off and he had no idea what he was doing. A week on a psych ward and he's healed and sent home.

Texas-Bubba
Texas-Bubba

Once again justice was served great job dad !!!

Mother you’re a fucking moron

Grizzlyburden
Grizzlyburden

Listen. Being a father myself an knowing someone just tried to kidnap my kids the guy who chased him down should be able to plea temporary insanity as he was not in his right mind at the time. When it comes to kids, especially your own being put in danger well. All rationality goes out the window and sweet nature pumps the adrenaline in. After that its see red, blackout, come to, youve killed a man. Been there. So stop trying to say he was no longer a threat once out of the car. He chose his sentence that day. No remorse should be shown.

BOB.DENVER
BOB.DENVER

The guy whos stole the vehicle can't be charged because he is dead. The mother should never have left her children in a vehicle unattended. It doesn't matter whether the vehicle was running or not. She should face charges. The father's actions were legal up to the point he got his children back. After that, the threat has been eliminated. Any actions after that puts him in legal trouble. It would be no different than a gun owner shooting someone one who broke into their house. They can't shoot the person that person has exited the house and is running away, because once the person turns and runs away, the threat is no longer present, and deadly force is no longer justified.

abj5150
abj5150

It is true the mother of the kids did something stupid in these days of lawlessness. The father was absolutely justified as far as I am concerned. People must rise up and defend themselves and their families since the cops hands are tied by the liberals.

TrueAmerican
TrueAmerican

All of this could of been avoided had the dumb ass "Mother" had not left her kids in the car. I hope the Father is not charged, he did the right thing! 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼

61mouse
61mouse

Mom should be arrested for endangering the children's lives.

Pack
Pack

Sounds reasonable

usac95
usac95

this is justice more of this should be done to scum bags

TwinWrangler
TwinWrangler

I hope they got to beat on him for a significant amount of time before he passed out.

Duke21
Duke21

If this happened as described and backed up by camera footage then this investigation is over. Don’t care if the deceased suspect grew up without a pony, bicycle, puppy, his EBT card didn’t work, addicted to alcohol & drugs... his choice caused his 💀 death!!

KWRob
KWRob

9pm in Philly and you leave your car running unlocked and unattended is about as smart as dousing your self in gas and lighting a match and expecting not to get burned

Stanracer
Stanracer

Instant justice. Good job!

sizzle937
sizzle937

I love a good ending Hope the parents are not charged

Hannibal
Hannibal

Oxygen thief dead. Next!

Hannibal
Hannibal

Saved the next family some real heart ache by removing this taint from the earth. They should all be awarded money, trophies and hero status.

duddly
duddly

No loss here sorry, just some sweet justice, many would do the same for there kids. What a good man!

Charlotte Angelina
Charlotte Angelina

I'm sorry but how did he not know or see not 1 but 3 children in this car? Then to keep going until he actually has to get out and run because he is stuck in traffic only is very suspicious to me. This man could have been after children and not a car from the start. Human trafficking is very very real. That poor father was probably absolutely terrified and can you imagine the horrible images probably going on his mind? Surely this could be temp insanity and probably others involved as well. I'm sorry he died but being a mother and grandmother I know in my heart I wouldn't be thinking clearly

LIAMD34
LIAMD34

Pin a medal on the dad, write a ticket to the mom. Oh, and sterilize her too while you’re at it.

Dutchuncle
Dutchuncle

I just LOVE stories with happen endings. We need to return to the old west and make car/truck theft a MORE Serious offense. This needs to STOP. 20 yrs planting trees in Montana in the winter and west Texas in the summer would be a good alternative too. Taking something that people NEED to go to work and support their families is a slap in the face for our Society and MUST be punished as same

Yell2017
Yell2017

Fine with me. His kids were in initial danger. So now we don’t have worry about judge freeing him

Chief Deputy
Chief Deputy

Doesn't look like these two pecker heads did a damn thing to the Clinton's or Obames. Imagine no Democrats prosecuted

Trefflek
Trefflek

Not guilty!

Mrmaverick
Mrmaverick

And the final score is.... DAD1, Thief 0

Janken
Janken

These guy's had better not be tried for murder. This is good ole cowboy way of handling a bad guy. Catch them and hang them. Lol

Katarina
Katarina

Yes, mom should certainly have engaged her brain before leaving her kids in a running car, but I don't think jail is the answer. A mandatory, in depth parenting class for sure, and perhaps some community service, or better yet some birth control information. Who knows what emotions filled the dad. Terror, anger, desperation, etc. Certainly wasn't thinking rationally and didn't intentionally kill the thief but was filled with rage and didn't realize when to stop. There were also others who stepped in to subdue the thief. Who threw the fatal blow? If someone were endangering our kids, who's first concern would be the welfare of the criminal and their health status?

jakki taylor
jakki taylor

Dad should get a medal.

Teqsand
Teqsand

ZERO RECIDIVISM....

KUDOS

Co10706
Co10706

Thankfully, nobody important was hurt

reebok
reebok

As one person said, the mother should be charged for leaving those babies all alone in a car, Unlocked apparently, the engine running which both are just Plain Ignorant and leaving them alone and defenseless!!!! However, once that idiot jumped into a car with little kids in it and decided it was his privilege to drive off with children in there with him, Too Damn Bad buddy!!! You want to behave like a criminal You get treated like one!!!! Those little ones could have been killed in a pursuit or even worse taken away and what done to them can only be imagined in the worst possible scenario, so I say F him, too bad and Nothing should happen to the father of those babies who insured that the POS who thought it was okay to take a car full of little kids like it was an acceptable thing, Will never Do That Or Any Other F'd Up Sh&t Again!!!!!!

maxx1676
maxx1676

So whats the problem ?? One more POS society won`t have to contend with....Nice work Dad !

Johndgb
Johndgb

Let's see. If this was a police officer, he would be fired. His wife and kids left homeless after his home is firebombed. He would then be thrown in prison for 30 years after stores were burned and the entire neighborhood looted. Innocent people would be attacked in the streets and the media frenzy neverending. Let's see what these fine, upstanding citizens receive.

BayernFan_25
BayernFan_25

Gets my vote for "FATHER OF THE YEAR"

Liljohn944
Liljohn944

Father shouldn't have ANY charges whatsoever, if the judge/jury has any conscience they'll absolve him of any guilt. The mom however should be given negligence charges, because it's kinda just common sense to not leave kids that young in a running car in a big city like Philly.

Frank R
Frank R

Zero way to know who delivered the fatal blow. The father should walk.

KevinSR
KevinSR

The Father only did what genetics told him to do. It is imprinted in a Father to defend and protect his Children and he will die doing so. No way he can be blamed for doing exactly what nature programmed him to do. That POS got what he deserved. Unfortunately all of this could have been avoided. The Mother should never have left those kids in an unlocked running car at that age. She will suffer enough for her bad choice.