Man Steals Car Near JFK Airport With 9-Year-Old Inside

NEW YORK (CBS 2) — A terrifying ordeal for any driver was made even worse Friday for one Queens father when his car was stolen – with his son still in the backseat.

At around 7:30 a.m., the unidentified driver pulled his red Honda with Florida plates over outside a deli near John F. Kennedy Airport.

The man left his child in the back seat.

Another man jumped into the car and took off, apparently unaware of the child in the backseat. The car had heavily tinted windows, so it’s likely the thief never realized there was a child inside, reports CBS 2’s Tony Aiello.

The child’s father, though, had left his cell phone in the front seat, a witness said.

“The detective had said that the father had left his cellphone in the car,” witness Yvette Calderon recounted. “So he called his cellphone, and the guy picked up and gave the phone to the kid and told the kid, ‘Tell your parents you’re okay, and tell them to come get you over here.'”

The carjacker ditched the car near 231st St. and South Conduit in Springfield Gardens.

The boy appeared to be shaken, but uninjured.

“I thank God that the kid wasn’t hurt, that the guy had heart to let him go and not harm him,” Calderon said.

The carjacker fled the scene on foot. Police brought search dogs who tracked a scent to an empty home on 232nd Street, but didn’t find anyone inside.

The NYPD said it was working with the child and his family, trying to get enough information to release a description of the suspect.

Will this story make you more cautious? Leave a comment below…

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  • History Major

    Italians and Irish criminals are the most corrupt, murderous people in the history of this city. You all were the same way when you were deprived of education and employment. And you will revert to the animals you really are as soon as this system falls apart. The sad part is you have every opportunity to do the right thing but you choose to be animals anyway. Just look at the NYPD, the biggest bunch of HOOLIGANS in the city, Just another gang of animals. Now that’s reality.

    • Denise

      @History Major you sound just as bad as the person talking about Blacks. There is truth to both commenters but some stereotyping as well. Let’s leave peoples’ race of it shall we…Yet there are some cultural differences when it comes to unattended children.

  • Moral Truth

    The police need to file child endangerment charges against this carless parent.

    The child also should be placed in foster care and that’s the moral truth

    • Denise

      I’ve tried to find the NYS law on the issue and the only info I found is that NY has a proposal on the child-in-car law. We have to be very clear on what the law is before we start taking people’s kids away. I just don’t agree with you MoarlTruth but it’s ok i’m sure we wouldn’t see eye to eye on many issues, however I do enjoy a good debate minus the racial foolishness

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  • Da Persian

    Poor guy just needed a ride…

  • Denise

    Don’t worry about where we live. Racist remarks won’t solve anything. So everything Italian and Irish is/was beautiful. There is good and bad in every race. I guess when the Italian and Irish lived there no one was ever the victim of a crime yeah ok buddy. Crime can happen anywhere any time. I’ve lived in south Jamaica Queens my entire life and became the victim of a crime in another boro so get over your racist ignorant ass

    • Denise

      @”blacksranimals, blacksdidit” Everyone is entitled to their opinion it just sucks when people start making racist comments. Most comments were about the incident, but then people like yourself start talking about the neighborhood and Black people. Get a life and your truth is not mine.

    • Denise

      @blacksranimals look at the nasty vile language you use and i’m the animal. Enough said.

  • ДвеМогилчанин

    check yourself before you wreck yourself

  • Denise

    Never left your moms sight at age 9. That goes to show you how different people live in this city. I was riding the subway from Queens to meet my mom at her job in Manhattan at age 9. I was able to play outside by myself. Everyone’s experience is different.

  • drny

    If stupidity were a crime, my guess is Moral Truth would be doing life without parole!

  • Daystar

    Never leave your child unattended…they are priority ONE.

  • Hiucky

    That was a dumb father. How can he leave his kid alone in a car whether this dumb father left the kid with the car open or closed. How dumb could a person be.

  • Denise

    I leave my seven year old in the car all the time but I take the keys with me. He was going into a bodega for Pete’s sake not standing in line at the DMV which i’m currently doing…

    • JL

      In this day and age, you’re not too smart, lady. And when/if something happens to your child because of your irresponsible decision to leave him/her in the car don’t dare ask how or why.

      • Denise

        I wont have too, thanks.

    • Bridget

      I would love to know if this Moral Truth fool has kids. If he or she does I guess he or she is a perfect parent that has never made a mistake. I have kids and yes I have left them in the car for a minute and I take my keys. Automatic starters. If you leave the car running without the key in the ignition, as soon as someone tries to put their foot on the gas the car turns off.

      • Be Wise

        It’s not whether or not you’ve made mistakes. A mistake is normally a one off kind of thing. However, you people are stating that this is normal behavior for you and that’s the problem. So, “Moral Truth” is correct, but didn’t state all. Stop playing with the welfare of your family. And the person below that states their child doesn’t all ways want to get out of the car, “who is the parent”?

        Just be wise and treat your child how you would have expected your parents to act. The positive thing this time, is that the child was not harmed, but there a lot of “special” people out there that don’t care about life, so just be careful no matter the length of time you are expected to be in line or in a place. Things happen in nano-seconds.

    • Denise

      You know what, it is normal for me and has been my whole life. Being from a single parent home I ‘ve had to do a lot of things I know many of you people never experienced and probably would of had my mom locked up for. I was never micro managed as a kid, I was street smart and proud of it. You can’t protect your kids from everything…

  • Moral Truth

    It is illegal to leave a minor that young left in a car unnatended thats why I am bringing up that point and thats moral truth.

    ps he indeed will not make a dumb mistake like this again

  • Dave

    I love all these people like “Moral Truth” who apparently have never made a mistake in judgment in their entire lives. Oh, I wish I could be like them!!

    Actually, I wish I could wait around until they make one of those types of mistakes (which EVERYONE makes at some point, actually), and then point a finger and say “BRING HIM UP ON CHARGES!”

    Apparently, empathy and understanding for other people is out the window in the 21st century.

    • Moral Truth

      Dave he endangered the welfare of a minor.

      Common sense 231st in Queens in a seedy area. and thats the moral truth.

      • Denise

        Wow “seedy” area! Where do you live? This occurs all the time sometimes my son doesn’t feel like getting himself out of the booster seat he’s required to wear up until age 50, we’re all happy nothing happen to the kid but welcome to the real world where **** happens.

      • JL

        Yea, Denise, we are in the “real world” where **** happens everyday on its own…why risk something happening to your child when it is 100% avoidable. I know, to save the 10 seconds it takes to take him/her out of his booster? Come on.

  • doc

    Thankful the child was ok. The thief did the right thing by ditching the car and let the kid go.

  • Moral Truth

    Thank goodness the kid was found unharmed.

    However the father needs to be charged with endangering the welfare of a minor and thats the moral truth.

    • Bridget

      Moral Truth, I am not so sure the father should be criminally charged. Yes he did something stupid. The child was 9 not 2. The father made a mistake that I am sure he will not be making again. Now that is the moral truth.

      • jtorres

        You’re right, Bridget. The Moral Truth must get dizzy from lack of oxygen way up ther on his high horse. The father was stupid but stupidity is not a crime. I’m sure it was a harrowing experience for him and his son. He won’t do it again and those who have done it in the past might now think twice. Taking your keys is not enough because you may find your car when you come back minus one kid. My mother never let me out of her sight when I was nine. We live in a sick world and he is just lucky the guy was a thief and had a conscience when it came to a child

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