A Mission teenager is behind bars tonight, police accuse of him of hijacking a car with a four-year-old toddler still inside, then leading officers on a chase.
It started Sunday night, on the Walgreens on the corner of Shary Road and Griffin Parkway in Mission.
The mother got here to the Walgreens, there TMs a Red Box there, Mission Police Cpl. Manuel Casas explained. She was going to deposit some movies she had rented out.
Cpl. Casas said the woman left her car door open and the engine running.
She was away for just a few minutes, but he said that is all it took.
"She heard the door slam so she turned around to see what it was and she noticed that there was a man inside her car, he added.
The man, police said, turned out to be a 13-year-old boy who immediately took off, with the four-year-old child restrained in the back seat.
Cpl. Casas said the mother instinctively dove for car in an attempt to stop the teen.
She jumped on top of the hood when she saw that the car began to reverse, he explained. She even grabbed on to one of the windshield wipers and that TMs why it TMs kind of bent out of shape.
The teen sped off sending the woman flying into the street, but police said she wasn't seriously hurt.
Still, her child was in the speeding car that headed West on Griffin Parkway, eventually getting on the expressway, and stopping abruptly in Peitas.
The suspect decided that he wanted to turn around and head back east, Cpl. Casas said. When he did that, he lost control, went into the grass and ran into a metal light pole.
The teen then fled on foot but officers caught up to him, meanwhile other officers rescued the terrified four-year-old from the car.
The child was not crying but he was shaking. He was very shooken [sic] up by the whole act, the corporal said.
Officers quickly returned the boy to his mother.
Cpl. Casas hopes this case serves as an example to other parents.
The public needs to know that it is against the law to leave your child inside your vehicle, he warned. You can be arrested for that.
The 13-year-old boy faced a magistrate Monday morning and was sent to the Juvenile Detention Center.
He faces charges for robbery, unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, evading arrest on a vehicle and on foot, plus endangering of a child.