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An Ohio family is being championed as heroes for combating an alleged carjacker who seemingly targeted them in an emergency room parking lot.
A woman was wheeling her daughter into the Atrium Medical Center emergency room in Middleton, Ohio, leaving her two young grandkids, ages 8 and 10, in the car briefly, when a man jumped into the car and tried to take off, according to WKRC in Cincinnati.
“I went around and helped get [my daughter], Angie, in a wheelchair and wheeled her just inside the door,” 69-year-old Nita Coburn told Local 12. “And I heard the kids scream. The first scream, I let go and ran.”
The grandma said she chased the car and got ahold of the driver’s side door but the alleged thief, identified by police as Dalvir Singh, drove off, knocking Coburn to the ground and dragging her.
Coburn's actions did appear to slow him down, however, giving the kids, 8-year-old Chance and his 10-year-old sister Skylar, a chance to escape.
“The little boy opened the door to escape and the little girl started to jump out also but the man grabbed the hoodie of the little girl not allowing her to leave,” the Middletown Police wrote. “As she tried to get away her little brother grabbed hold of her and pulled her away from the kidnapper and they both tumbled out of the vehicle as it was moving.”
Meanwhile, the worried grandmother hung onto the vehicle because she thought her grandkids were still inside, and the “vehicle drug her until it accelerated at a high rate of speed and she was forced to let go,” according to police.
Chance has been championed a hero.
“Chance made sure that he and his sister Skylar got out of their car when it was stolen,” the Middletown Division of Police posted. “They weren't about to be taken by some stranger! And let's not forget their fierce grandma who gave it her all trying to save them.”
Singh was caught by police just minutes later.
Chance ran inside the hospital to tell security about the alleged carjacking attempt. Police said they also observed the incident.
Singh has been charged with kidnapping, felonious assault and grand theft. It’s not clear if he has a lawyer who can speak on his behalf. He is allegedly addicted to heroin, police wrote in their press release.
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