A would-be carjacker in New York called the police on himself when he discovered a baby in the back seat. Now there’s a story you don’t hear every day.
Carjacker takes car with baby inside
Earlier this week, Patrick Julbe, 27, left his silver 2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee idling while he ran quickly into a Bronx store to find a case for a cellphone. He left his girlfriend, Jennifer Rodriguez, and their baby, Ayanna Julbe, in the vehicle. However, when he showed a case to Rodriguez through the store window, she stepped out of the vehicle for a closer look. Bad idea.
Then, before you could say “Brooklyn auto dealers,” a large Hispanic man, wearing a baseball cap and a black and white striped shirt that looked ironically like a comical prison inmate’s uniform, jumped into the Jeep Grand Cherokee and sped away. Julbe took off after the thief on foot, but was soon outpaced.
Phoning it in
The New York City Police received a call from a Spanish-speaking man at a pay phone in Washington Heights about 40 minutes later. He told the police where they could find the jacked car, parked near a Bronx intersection. “There’s a baby in the backseat of the car,” he reported, then hung up. It is presumed the thief ditched the car then high-tailed it about a mile and a half to the Washington Heights location before placing the call, just to give himself ample getaway before the police arrived.
“I guess he drove off and the baby started crying, and he turned around and said, ‘Oh, my God. What have I done?’,” Julbe speculated to the New York Post.
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Baby recovered safely
The carjacker wanna-be is still at large, but little Ayanna is safe. She was taken to a nearby hospital by police and was found to be unharmed. The police have released surveillance video of the clownish-looking man stealing the vehicle. It was captured by a security camera at a nearby garage.
‘Parents were basket cases’
While Julbe and Rodriguez may not qualify as parents of the year, the New York Post quoted a police source saying, “The parents were basket cases.” No charges have been leveled against them, but they have met with agents from child protection services, according to the Daily Mail.
Incidents like this one can be avoided by never leaving a vehicle running while unattended, even for a second.