A sudden explosion of popular justice broke out on Thursday night in Philadelphia. A car thief was killed and a 25-year-old man was questioned Friday by the police after the thief tried to seize a vehicle on the road – with his children inside – allegedly gone bad.
According to officials, an unidentified 25-year-old woman was traveling with her three children on Thursday, while she was stopped in front of a pizzeria on 29 and rue Dauphin around 9 pm. to visit his boyfriend, who worked at the pizzeria, according to WCAU.
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When she got inside, the woman would have left her car running with her three children: a 7-month-old child, a 1-year-old child and a 5-year-old child.
That's when the police say that a 54-year-old man entered the car and left.
Investigators said the boyfriend, the father of two of the children, chased the suspect on foot and was able to catch up with the car when it was trapped in traffic jams.
The boyfriend, also 25 years old, took the suspect out of the car and a foot chase then took place, said Philadelphia Chief Inspector of Police, Scott Small, to WPVI.
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"He escaped on foot about half a block away. And the boyfriend caught up with him and some kind of physical fight ensued, Small said, then other men from the neighborhood intervened and started hitting and punching him. to the man who had taken the vehicle.
About an hour after the car hijacking, emergency services arrived at the scene and found the car prisoner unconscious, reported the WCAU. He was taken to Temple University Hospital and declared dead.
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Mother and father were interviewed and the police said they were cooperating. The authorities did not indicate whether charges would be laid, a decision of the District Attorney's Office.