WASHINGTON, D.C. — A DC woman pumping gas was dragged down the street after grabbing onto her vehicle’s door as a car thief drove away with a toddler in the backseat.
ABC7 News obtained security camera video. It all happened in less than a minute. At 9:41 a.m. Tuesday, a woman pulls into the Exxon gas station at 3rd and Kennedy Streets Northwest. She leaves her drive side door open and appears to leave the engine running. The woman walks to the gas pump.
At 9:42 a.m., a man moves into the security camera frame. Crouching down, he runs across Kennedy Street and gets in the white Mercedes SUV and starts to drive away. The gas pump flings in the air as the woman runs to the driver and grabs the door.
VIDEO: The moment an SUV with a child inside was stolen while a mom pumped gas in NW D.C.
Elroy Jacobs was driving to work when he saw it happen. The woman was holding on to the door and being dragged down the street.
“So, I chased after. She’s hollering, ‘He got my baby! He got my baby!’” Jacobs told ABC7 News.
There was a toddler in the backseat.
“(She was) holding on to the door like this and he was pulling her and she was hollering. Literally he ran over her. I don’t know how she got back up and she was walking, I don’t know. Maybe God was with her, I don’t know. But she was just hollering, ‘My baby, my baby, my baby,’” said Jacobs.
The stolen car was abandoned about a half mile away at 3rd Street and Decatur Northwest. The gas tank door was still open.
Metropolitan Police said neither the child or mother were hurt.
Jacobs said he saw the thief get into the passenger side of another car and leave after ditching the SUV.
Police are still looking for the suspects.