The Lookout

Thief ditches car after discovering baby in backseat

A carjacker had a change of heart after realizing the vehicle he'd stolen had a baby girl in the backseat.

According to the New York Post, the girl's father, Patrick Julbe, got out of the parked but still running car to shop for a cell phone. His girlfriend, Jennifer Rodriguez, and their 8-month-old daughter, Ayanna, stayed in the car. Julbe tried to show Rodriguez a phone case through the store's window, but Rodriguez couldn't see it. She got out and walked closer. That's when the thief struck.

Julbe gave chase by foot, but it was too late.

Around 40 minutes later, an unidentified, Spanish-speaking man called the New York City Police Department from a pay phone. Police believe he was the car thief. "There’s a baby in the backseat of the car," the man said. He reported the location of the car and baby, and then hightailed it (presumably by foot) to destinations unknown.

Julbe told the Post, "I guess he drove off and the baby started crying, and he turned around and said, 'Oh, my God. What have I done?'"

The suspect has been described by police as a heavyset man in a striped shirt and baseball cap. Young Ayanna is doing fine, according to the Post.