A Philadelphia father led bystanders in fatally beating a suspect who stole his girlfriend’s car while their three young children were still inside, police said.
The vehicle, a Hyundai sedan, was parked outside a North Philadelphia pizza parlor with the engine still running Thursday when a man sped off with it around 9 p.m., according to authorities. The 25-year-old car owner was inside the restaurant at the time, where her 25-year-old boyfriend, who is also the father of her children, is an employee.
According to NBC 10, the 54-year-old suspect was able to drive about half a block before he became ensnared in traffic, which allowed the couple a chance to catch up with him and force him out of the vehicle.
The carjacker then fled on foot, but the father again caught up with him and started throwing punches and kicks. Some bystanders men joined the fight and eventually, the suspect was knocked unconscious.
The suspect was rushed to Temple University Hospital, where he died from his injuries, which included severe head trauma.
The parents, neither of who were identified, were taken into custody and are cooperating with investigators.
Philadelphia Police Chief Inspector Scott Small said both the homicide unit and the District Attorney’s Office are working to determine whether to bring charges against the father.
The three children, a 7-month-old, a 1-year-old and a 5-year-old, were not injured in the incident. They are currently staying with other family members.