A 54-year-old man who allegedly stole a car with kids inside on Thursday night in Philadelphia was beaten to death by the kid’s father and a group of bystanders after the father chased after him and got support from the bystanders.
A 25-year-old woman parked her car outside a restaurant, leaving her three kids inside, so she could run inside and see her boyfriend, who is the father of two of the three kids.
NBC Philadelphia reported that the suspect, Eric Hood, broke into the car and drove off with the young children inside. The father ran after the car and caught up to it after it got stuck in traffic only a block away from where it was stolen.
“The kids’ father then pulled him out of the car and beat Hood as other bystanders in the area joined the attack, according to investigators,” NBC Philadelphia added. “Medics responded to the scene and found the car thief unconscious with severe injuries to the head and face.”
Hood was later taken to the hospital and was pronounced dead a short time later. None of the three children, who are all between the ages of 7 months and 5-years-old, sustained any injuries in the incident.
“Hood managed to break free from the father and fled across 29th Street. It was at this time that a crowd of individuals stopped Mr. Hood and forced him to the ground,” Philadelphia Police Homicide Captain Jason Smith said. “The crowd kicked and punched Mr. Hood until the arrival of responding police. At some point Mr. Hood became unresponsive.”
Police took both the father and mother into custody for questioning but, so far, neither has been charged. ABC 6 Philadelphia noted that the mother could potentially face charges for leaving her kids in a running car.
Hood reportedly had an extensive criminal history that included 24 prior arrests and convictions.