Carjacking with sleeping boy inside

April 14, 2009 4:36:30 PM PDT
A thief in Bucks County expected to get away with stealing an SUV.But what he didn't expect was for a child to be sleeping inside of it.

The boy is safe, but the search for the thief continues.

"I was scared. I didn't know what was gonna happen," said 11-year-old Tanner Dunn of Levittown. He, and his dog Clover, were along with Tanner's mom, April, to pick up milk at the local Wawa store.

Tanner was sleeping in the back seat. Leaving the car running, his mom locked him in while she ran inside the store.

But Clover, not for the first time, apparently undid the locks while standing on the armrest waiting for April to come back.

That's when the carjacking drama unfolded.

"Some guy opens up the door and says, 'Anybody got a white dog?' I said, 'I do.' And he said, 'Somebody just threw your dog out and stole your car," said April Dunn. "So, of course, I went screaming into the parking lot like a lunatic."

"He said 'End of the line, pooch,' and threw my dog out of the car," said Tanner.

Jostled awake by all the commotion, Tanner realized that wasn't his mom driving at the same moment the carjacker realized he had a passenger he hadn't planned on.

"I just said 'Please let me out, I won't say anything, please," and he stopped the car and told me to get out," said Tanner.

The car was still moving when Tanner jumped out near the old Giant food store on New Falls Rd. He headed back toward Wawa and was quickly picked up by police.

Shortly before the carjacking the suspect was booted out of McStew's bar just down the street.

"His face was embedded in my brain because he had stolen a tip off the bar from me," said waitress Jeanne Engel.

The suspect has short red hair and was wearing a dark baseball cap with a letter "F" insignia.

The car is a white 2000 4-door Chevy Blazer...PA tag HDT-0554 with a temporary registration in the rear window.

Tanner's dad is now circulating fliers with the suspect's photo.

"I want this guy caught. I don't care if I ever get my truck back, I want this guy brought down. I want the guy," said Bill Dunn.

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