VIDEO: Grandma dragged trying to save grandchildren from car theft in Middletown
CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - A man was charged with kidnapping for stealing a car with two young kids inside Thursday afternoon in Middletown.
According to police, 69-year-old Nita Coburn was driving a woman to Atrium Medical Center with her two grandchildren in the back seat.
When they got to the emergency room, Coburn pulled close to the door to help the other woman inside.
Police said about 10 seconds after she got out of the car a man, 24-year-old Dalvir Singh, jumped into the driver’s seat and took off with the children still inside.
The 8-year-old boy opened the door to escape and his 10-year-old sister tried to jump out but Singh grabbed the girl’s hoodie. As she tried to get away, her brother was able to grab a hold of her and pull her away from the kidnapper. They both tumbled out of the car as it was moving, police said.
Coburn was running along the driver’s side of the car and didn’t know her grandchildren had escaped from the passenger side.
“We both started screaming and then my grandma went out and grabbed a hold of the car and he just kept opening and shutting the door trying to get her off,” said the 10-year-old.
Police said she opened the driver’s door to regain control, but Singh slammed the door shut. Coburn hung onto the car and was dragged at a high rate of speed until she was forced to let go.
According to police, Officers Kirby and PR Engleke saw the car fleeing from the scene and were able to stop it nearby.
Singh, who police say is addicted to heroin, was taken into custody and charged with two counts of kidnapping, felonious assault and grand theft.
The Middletown Division of Police said they will be recognizing the 8-year-old boy’s quick action to not only get out of the car, but also making sure his sister was able to get out with him.
“This little guy is a hero. No question. He pulled his sister out of the car with no concern for his own safety. That is incredible at his age and outstanding work by Officers Kirby and Engleka to find the suspect and take him down without incident. So proud of their work," Chief Muterspaw said.
FOX19 was able to interview Coburn on Friday and she appears to be doing OK after the incident. Anyone with additional information is asked to contact Officer Kirby at 513-425-7700.
“She would probably die for us,” said the 8-year-old. “She loves us.”
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