San Antonio, Texas (KSAT) — A painful lesson with a very lucky outcome for a family in San Antonio, Texas. The parents watched as a car thief drove off with not only their car, but their three children inside! The family reunion came quickly, thanks to the actions of two of the boys in the car.
Lucia Lozada sat distraught, emotionally drained, thinking about a short walk she'll never forget. Lozada had forgotten the baby bottle, walked back in the house and when she came back out, the car was gone.
The mother had planned to go to church, but instead spent part of the evening nearly inconsolable waiting for any bit of good news after seeing her three children literally stolen from her.
"I saw him walking and I smiled at him because I know him from around here because he's always walking up and down the street. And he looked at me and just ran and got in the car and left," said Lozada. "When I couldn't see the car anymore I started shaking. What am I doing, what am I doing? What is he going to do to my kids?"
And finally, the reunion they'd hoped for. The thief dropped the boys off in a neighborhood nearly 10 miles away, and they were whisked back home by EMS. The boys played a big role for their freedom.
The children began shouting for their parents and fought back during the ride, hitting him with a toy snake.
"They just knew that that guy wasn't supposed to be in the car and they were beating on him," the mother told reporters.
Lozada said she forgives the man who took the car, but police are still looking for him.