A brave 9-year-old girl hauled her younger brother to safety after a man in Las Vegas carjacked the vehicle they were in and tossed them out of the car blocks away, according to their mother. The carjacking occurred on Tuesday close to 8:30 p.m outside of a Las Vegas 7-Eleven, police say, according to the New York Post.
The mother, Karen Quinn, told Fox 5 Vegas that she left her 9-year-old daughter and 11-month-old son inside if the vehicle to retrieve money from an ATM inside of 7-eleven. The engine was running; however, the doors were locked. While inside of the store, she made eye contact with the suspect, Mario Estrada, 38, noting that he sat near the slot machine. Quinn said the suspect left the store and walked up to her vehicle which was parked outside the door.
The mother then walked back to her vehicle to address Estrada, yet, he opened the car’s door, got in, and drove off. She recalled,
“I tried to grab him and I grabbed his sweater in the door, and he reversed, and kind of rolled over the top of my foot. And I was like, ‘Please, my kids are in the car! Please! My kids are in the car!’ He looked back at my daughter. She was like, ‘Mom! Mom!’”
The mother tried to chase the car on and ran after the vehicle for miles. She added,
“I chased after the car until I couldn’t anymore.”
The suspect then let the children out and drove off. The 9-year-old girl grabbed her younger brother and trailed back to 7-eleven barefoot, said the mother. Officials located the children and informed the mother of their discovery.
The suspect led officials on a high-speed chase in the stolen vehicle but was later arrested after he crashed into another car during his attempt to flee. Estrada is facing 10 charges, including
“child abuse or neglect, second-degree kidnapping and grand larceny of a motor vehicle,”
reports the New York Post.
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