PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — A man was beaten to death Thursday night after he stole a car with three young children inside, which was left running outside of a North Philadelphia pizza shop.
Police say a 25-year-old woman left her car running in front of New Star Pizza at 28th and Dauphin streets to visit her 25-year-old boyfriend inside, just after 9 p.m. While there, a 54-year-old man jumped in her car and took off with three kids still inside.
However, the carjacker hit a bit of a roadblock: He got stuck in traffic just a few blocks away. The woman’s boyfriend was able to catch up to the car and pull the thief out.
The suspect tried to run away, but Chief Inspector Scott Small said the boyfriend, who is the father of two of the children, was able to catch up to him again, this time a half-block away, leading to a fight.
“Then other males from the neighborhood intervened and began punching and kicking the male who took the vehicle,” he said, “to the point where he was rendered unconscious.”
Small said the car thief was taken to Temple University Hospital, where he was pronounced dead from severe head trauma. The children — a 5-year-old, 1-and-a-half-year-old, and 7-month-old — were not injured.
It’s not clear if the boyfriend will face any charges. Police say the beating was caught on a nearby store’s security camera, and they are going to use that video to try and find the other men who got involved.