[Ed. – It would be wrong to say that this kind of thing never used to happen. But it does feel like it’s more likely to happen these days. The car thief had a long criminal history.]
A car thief who stole a vehicle with children inside was chased down and beaten to death by the kids’ father and other bystanders Thursday night, Philadelphia police said.
The violent ordeal began around 9 p.m. when a 25-year-old woman parked her Hyundai sedan outside a pizza shop on 29th and Dauphin streets in North Philadelphia.
The woman left her three young children inside the running car as she went inside to visit her boyfriend, who was an employee at the restaurant and the father of two of the kids, police said.
Suddenly, a 54-year-old man, later identified by police as Eric Hood, jumped into her car and sped off with the children, who are between the ages of 7 months and 5 years old, strapped inside, according to investigators.