10-Year-Old Boy Safe After Carjackers Steal Family SUV With Him In It

A Chicago boy was let go by thieves who stole his family car. 

By Benjamin H. Smith

A Chicago boy is safe and sound after teenage thieves stole his family’s SUV with him in the backseat. Richard Rodriguez was sitting in the backseat of the family car as it warmed up before his parents drove him to school, around 6 a.m.Tuesday. “I went to open the car door for my mom and out of nowhere some girl came over and took me with her,” he told Telemundo Chicago. “I was scared but I didn’t want the girl to see me. I was afraid I was going to get hurt.”

The girl took off, sideswiping two cars, before picking up a male accomplice. “I was crying, and the girl still didn’t see me or hear me,” Rodriguez told CBS Chicago, “So, I was like, ‘Maybe she has hearing problems." The teen auto-thieves were shocked when they finally realized they had a passenger. Thankfully, they released him about a mile from his home, telling him to "have a nice day at school” before making their getaway.

Richard's parents were relieved when he returned home after 30 panic-stricken minutes. They let him stay home from school the rest of the day. According to NBC 5 Chicago, police are still looking for the car and have yet to make any arrests related to the case.


[Photo: NBC 5 Chicago]

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