A young 6-year-old boy was sleeping in a running car late Saturday night in Rochester, NY when it was stolen. According to WAHM in Rochester, Phillip Owens, the boy’s father, left the boy unattended in a running car outside of a convenience shop when he stopped to get a drink. Then, an unidentified man jumped into the car and drove off with the boy sleeping inside.
The AP reports that the car was found 30 minutes later with the boy sleeping inside. The boy was unharmed during the ordeal.
The boy’s mother, Shantez Hill, who recently lost another child to SIDS, was very grateful that her son was found unharmed. She told WAHM, “It was shocking but I was thankful that he is safe.” She is glad that he was sleeping during what would have been a frightening experience. According to Hill, her son does not remember anything about Saturday night’s ordeal.
The suspect remains at large and is described as being 6 feet tall and wearing camouflage. The police have charged Owens with endangering a child.