Two young children who were still inside a car that was stolen from a San Bernardino parking lot Sunday night were safely returned to their mother after the thief crashed the vehicle and ran away.
The incident began near the intersection of East Highland Avenue and Sterling Avenue and was reported to police about 11:35 p.m., said Sgt. Michele Mahan with the San Bernardino Police Department.
Tatanisha Golden said she was making a quick stop at a liquor store and decided to leave her sleeping kids inside her car while she ran in.
When she returned, Golden saw a man getting into her car.
Golden said she jumped on the hood of the car to try to stop the man from driving away, but fell off when the car swerved.
Some good Samaritans helped Golden follow the car, which crashed a short distance from the store, Mahan said.
The driver then ran away, leaving the two uninjured children – a 1-year-old boy and a months-old girl -- inside the car, Mahan said.
Police located the suspected car thief hiding in a nearby residence and arrested him, Mahan said.
Video from the scene showed a man being taken into custody.
The man was expected to be booked on car jacking and kidnapping charges, Mahan said.
The mother's car was left with a flat tire and some damage after the crash.
Officers at the scene were photographed as they helped to change the tire.