Caught on Tape: Parents Stop Carjacking to Save Baby
In Kansas City, a Man Tried to Steal a Couple's Car With Their Child Still in the Backseat
By BARBARA PINTO
Nov. 25, 2010
...Melanie and Aaron Richman were in the final hours of their move from Colorado to Missouri Monday night when they pulled into a gas station to fuel up. Melanie's mother and brother were part of the family caravan, each driving rented moving trucks. The Richman's two other children, ages 5 and 6, were riding with their grandmother.
The gas station's surveillance cameras captured what initially looked like a routine trip. The Richmans parked their 1997 Pontiac Grand Am, pumped gas, took a trip to the restroom and tried to entertain their 6-month-old daughter, Samantha, who was strapped into her car seat.
"I'm just jumping on the tail end of the car, making it go up and down, just trying to keep her occupied and entertained," Aaron Richman, 22, said. "Just letting my guard down for that split second, everything went to hell."
For a moment, the Richmans walked a few yards from their car to speak with relatives. That's when the surveillance tape showed a man getting into their car, and taking off.
Melanie Richman described her worst nightmare as a parent: "You're never going to see your baby again."
"If he got through the parking lot, we would never see our child," Aaron Richman said, recalling the moment he saw a man take off in their car.
Without thinking, both young parents raced after the car.
"It was really just instinct," Aaron Richmond said. "Everything happened so fast. We really had to react. There was no time to worry about if he had a weapon."
Melanie Richman, 24, said she grabbed onto the moving car as it dragged her through the parking lot, and was able to break the passenger side window with her elbow.
"Holding on for dear life, wherever she was going to go, I was going to go with him," she said. Somehow, her husband managed to dive into the car.
"I was just sitting upside down in the passenger seat kicking him and telling him my baby was in the car. 'You're stealing my car. Get out of my car,'" he said.
Under attack, the would-be carjacker drove onto a curb and ran off. The couple suffered bruises and cuts. Their baby was covered in glass but otherwise unharmed.
The suspect is still at large...
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