An eight-year-old boy’s heroic quick thinking saved his 10-year old sister and himself when an addict stole the car they were in.
Police in Middletown, Ohio, released video of the incident that took place at the Atrium Medical Center on Thursday.
The great-grandmother of the children, Nita Coburn, 69, had driven her friend to the emergency room with the boy and girl in the backseat. At the entrance, Coburn got out of the car to help her friend. Seconds later, a reported heroin addict, Dalvir Singh, of India, jumped into the driver’s seat and started to pull away.
The boy, Chance, opened the door to escape and got out. His sister Skyler tried to jump out but the man grabbed her hoodie to keep her inside the car. Chance grabbed onto her and yanked her out of the low-life’s grasp and the kids tumbled out of the moving vehicle.
Meanwhile, on the other side of the car, Coburn was giving chase and tried to grab the steering wheel. She attempted to open the driver door but Singh slammed it shut and locked it. At that moment, she was unaware that her great-grandchildren had just escaped. She continued to chase after the vehicle until she heard the children behind her.
In the intense and terrifying episode, Coburn received an injury to her arm. The kids were unhurt.
“This little guy is a hero, no question,” said Police Chief Rodney Muterspaw about Chance. “He pulled his sister out of the car with no concern for his own safety.”
Police shortly afterward apprehended Singh. He was charged with two counts of kidnapping, felonious assault, and grand theft.
Source: Middletown PD
Coburn told WCPO-TV she thought she had locked the car. She said she wouldn’t have left the children alone in the backseat. It was determined that because she left the keys inside, a safety feature in the car prevented her from locking the doors. That allowed the kidnapping thief to get into the driver’s seat and begin to take off.
“Every time I think about it, I want to cry,” Coburn said. “It’s the most morbid feeling in the world.”
She said that while she tried to seize control of her car from Singh, she could see Skyler trying to escape his hold. Police estimated that the grandmother was dragged about four car lengths before being forced to let go.
She then was relieved to see the two children running toward her while Singh drove away.
“That car didn’t bother me at all. It was them two babies. No one needs to feel that fear. No one does,” she said.
— Cyndi Wells Platfoot (@rdhdbychoice) April 27, 2019
Lucky – all of them…
“Police said Nita Coburn, 69, was dropping her daughter off at the hospital when Dalvir Singh, 24, jumped into the driver’s seat and took off with Coburn’s great-grandchildren Chance and Skylar, in the back seat.”#FoxNews https://t.co/NM917Bj61a
— RD Carrington (@rdcarrington) April 27, 2019
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