An incident occurred on a recent Sunday in California that involved two children. Both children suffered minor injuries in the events that took place. An arrest has since been made and charges that include theft have been filed against a 24-year-old man.
According to reports, a woman had gone to a gas station and convenience store with her two daughters in her vehicle. The girls, ages 10 and 2, were left in the vehicle near the gasoline pump with the engine of the car still running. Their mother had walked into the store to pay her gasoline bill.
Video from surveillance equipment installed at the convenience store shows a man approaching the car with the woman's two daughters still inside. In the video, the man gets into the driver's seat of the car and proceeds to drive out of the parking lot with the girls still in the car. The mother of the two sisters can be seen running out of the store on the film footage of the surveillance camera.
The girls reportedly leaped out of the moving car and suffered minor injuries. The man was arrested Friday at a casino and was charged with auto theft and attempted kidnapping. The arresting officers claim that the man was in possession of additional items that belonged to the owner of the stolen vehicle. It has been reported that the stolen car has not yet been located and recovered by authorities. Any person accused of similar crimes in California has the right seek the advice of an experienced attorney who might be able to help minimize the potential consequences of his or her case.
Source: NBC Los Angeles, "Arrest in Attempted Kidnapping and Auto Theft", Jason Kandel, June 27, 2015