MIDDLETOWN, Ohio (WDTN) – An 8-year-old boy is being commended by Middletown Police after he was able to pull his sister to safety when a man tried to steal the car they were sitting in.
Around 4:20 pm on April 25, Middletown Police received a call indicating that a car with children inside had been stolen from Atrium Medical Center and an elderly lady was injured.
Upon investigation, officers discovered that a 69-year-old woman had taken another woman to the hospital and her two grandchildren were with her in the backseat.
While the woman was trying to help the other woman into the emergency room, a man jumped into the driver’s seat and drove off with the children, an 8-year-old boy and 10-year-old girl, still in the car.
The boy opened the door to try and escape. When the girl started to jump out, the man grabbed her hoodie. Her little brother grabbed her and pulled her away from the kidnapper, allowing both of them to tumble out of the moving car.
The woman, not realizing the children had jumped out of the vehicle, started chasing the car along the driver’s side. She held onto the driver’s side door and was dragged until the car sped up and she was forced to let go.
Officers saw the stolen vehicle fleeing the scene on University Boulevard near Nelbar Street. They pulled the car over and took 24-year-old Dalvir Singh, who was found to be addicted to heroin, into custody.
He is charged with two counts of kidnapping, felonious assault, and grand theft.
The Middletown Division of Police plan to recognize the little boy’s quick action in not only getting out of the vehicle, but making sure his sister got out as well.