More details are emerging after Philadelphia police say a suspected carjacker who attempted to steal a woman’s car with three of her children inside was beaten to death by the woman’s boyfriend and other bystanders.
It all started at around 9 p.m. Thursday, when the woman stopped her car next to the pizzeria where her boyfriend works, according to WCAU.
The woman reportedly left the car running with three of her children, ranging in age from seven months to 5 years old, inside.
Her boyfriend is the father of two of those children, police said.
“Investigators say the 54-year-old suspect stole a car with three children inside and was chased down by the children’s mother and her 25-year-old boyfriend,” WNYW reported. “The pair eventually caught up with the car and pulled the suspect from the driver’s seat.”
“[The parents] were able to pull this car thief out of the vehicle. He fled on foot about a half a block. And the boyfriend caught up to him and there was some sort of physical struggle that ensued,” Philadelphia Police Chief Inspector Scott Small said, according to WPVI.
Authorities say that’s when bystanders got involved as well, joining the father in beating the suspect up, which eventually resulted in his death.
“We’re working on finding out who these other males were that also assaulted the individual that subsequently died,” Small also said, as KYW-TV reported.
“We’re trying to find out who those other individuals are,” he added.
The deceased suspect has since been identified as Eric Hood, police sources told The Philadelphia Inquirer.
After being beaten unconscious, he was taken to Temple University Hospital and pronounced dead just after 10 p.m.
Both parents were questioned by police.
The children, meanwhile, were placed in the care of family members.
It’s not yet clear if the parents will face any criminal charges for their alleged roles in the incident.
“Police say the assault was captured by a nearby surveillance camera,” KYW-TV reported.
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