A Stockton family went through a terrifying experience when a man drove away with more than their car. The Stockton Police Department said the family's 4-year-old son was also inside.
The boy was able to escape while the stolen vehicle was making its quick getaway.
"He was in shock, he wasn't scared. He didn't know who was what, he was just shaking,” said Lawrence Collins, a neighbor who said he witnessed the carjacking.
Collins described the 4-year-old's face moments after he was thrown out of a stolen Honda Civic.
“That’s why I was freaking out (because the kid was thrown out of the moving car). I was sitting there, guy was speeding then boom,” he told FOX40 on Monday.
The Stockton Police Department said the boy's mother was saying goodbye to relatives near East Lindsay and D Streets on Sunday afternoon.
However brief the goodbye, it was long enough for a man to hop in the driver's seat with the 4-year-old inside.
"People do dumb things like that you know?" David Gonzales, another resident said.
Collins claimed he saw the driver speeding westbound on East Lindsay before the suspect realized what and who he was stealing.
"The guy didn't know the little boy was in there so when he turned the corner he just threw him out,” Collins claimed. He added that right before the car went left on D Street, he saw the suspect grab the kid and drop him off at the corner while the car was moving. Resulting in some of the injuries the 4-year-old received. "I seen the little boy roll out and hit the fence so I just ran down there," he explained.
Investigators said the boy sustained cuts and scrapes to his feet and legs.
"I ain't leaving my kid without the keys, no nothing. My son gets out when I get out,” Collins said.
The brazen crime doesn't sit well with Collins who has a 5-year-old son and others like David Gonzales who has a baby girl on the way.
"After seeing what happened here you know, you want (your kids) with you at all times, you know? I'm going to have her in my arms at all times,” Gonzales said.
The suspect is described as a Hispanic male in his 40s, 5-feet-5-inches tall, with a short crew cut and wearing a white T-shirt and light blue pants. Police described the stolen car as a 2001 4-door silver Honda Civic with license plates 7EDX752.