A vehicle that was carjacked a few minutes before Shabbos on Friday, March 12, was recovered with the assistance of Boro Park Shomrim with the thief being arrested by NYPD after being tracked by members of Shomrim.
As the father making last minute preparations for Shabbos left his car running with his 14 year-old son in the back seat as he ran inside to get something from his home at 15th Avenue and 45th Street. Within seconds, a carjacker slid into the front seat and took off, not realizing that there was a passenger in the back seat. As soon as he became aware of that, he brandished a knife and ordered the boy to leave the car.
The father of the boy, upon returning and seeing his car missing, contacted the police and Boro Park Shomrim and informed them of what had transpired, as well as supplying them with the plate number and the make and model of the car. Shomrim proceeded to the scene and immediately broadcast the details to their members, who began canvassing the neighborhood in search for the car.
Within a few minutes, it was spotted on 18th Avenue and McDonald Avenue by a member of Shomrim, and he followed the vehicle while informing the NYPD of his actions. The car was stopped a few blocks latter at Cortelyou Road and East 3rd, and the driver was arrested.
The suspect’s name was not released because he is 17 years old and considered a minor. He was charged seven crimes: robbery in the third degree, grand larceny, petit larceny, menacing, unauthorized use of a vehicle, criminal possession of a weapon, and criminal possession of stolen property. In addition, he was also charged with 3 additional previous car thefts.
“This should by a heads-up for all drivers not to leave their cars running or their keys in the ignition, even if there is another person in the car. Baruch Hashem, this incident ended safely, but we must remain vigilant so that nothing like this occur in the future,” a member of Shomrim told Hamodia.
Video below shows the thief stealing the car:
Video below shows the suspect being arrested: