It’s something all car owners and drivers do without even thinking about it: fill up our tanks with gas. You get out of the car, pop open your fuel door, twist open the gas cap, and begin pumping gas into your tank.
For one Chicago-area father, this mundane chore quickly turned into a nightmare on the morning of May 4, 2018.
As he got out of the car to fill up his tank, a man, later identified as Tyrelle L. Pulley, jumped into his car and sped off. He was soon followed by a blue Dodge Charger that was next to the car.
The father’s 11-year-old daughter was still in the Jeep.
A video surveillance video captured at the gas station showed Pulley driving off from the pump while the father tried to chase after his daughter.
He couldn’t just to sit back and just watch his daughter be taken.
Just a few seconds after the car began to drive off, the rear passenger door opens. Various items fall out of the door before the 11-year-old girl jumps out herself.
Her dad comes back from chasing after the car to hug his daughter and to make sure she was okay.
Luckily, she only had a cut on her ankle and was a little shaken up. The police were called and began to search for the suspects.
The chase ended after the suspect crashed the Jeep at an intersection. Police officers were able to take the suspect into custody, but are still searching for the driver of the blue Dodge Charger who they believe to be his accomplice.
The Aurora Police Department released a statement saying, “After being interviewed, Pulley was charged with three felonies: aggravated vehicular hijacking, aggravated unlawful possession of a stolen motor vehicle and fleeing and eluding police.”
His next court date has been set for early June.
The police department posted a clip from the surveillance video on Facebook after getting a lot of requests. They are hoping that people will recognize the Blue Charger and be able to give them more information.
The caption on the video said it was a miracle no one was hurt.
This incident could have played out a lot differently, but the young girl’s quick thinking saved her life. I’m sure her father is extremely proud.
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