An eight-year-boy is being hailed a hero after he saved himself and his little sister from being taken by a man outside a hospital emergency room.
And it was all caught on camera.
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A lucky escape
Chance, eight, and his sister, Skylar, ten, were almost kidnapped from the emergency parking lot outside the Atrium Medical Centre in Middletown, Ohio.
The stuff-of-nightmares incident happened as a drug-addicted man jumped into the front seat of their grandmother’s car and drove off with the kids in the backseat.
The children’s grandmother, 69-year-old Nita Coburn, had only left the car for a matter of seconds as she helped their wheelchair-bound mum get into the building.
Luckily, Chance managed to free himself and his sister by helping her to escape from the moving the car.
You can watch their lucky escape here in a CCTV video of the ordeal shared by the Middletown Division of Police.
Chief Muterspaw stated, "This little guy is a hero. No question. He pulled his sister out of the car with no concern for his own safety. That is incredible at his age and outstanding work by Officers Kirby and Engleka to find the suspect and take him down without incident. So proud of their work"
Posted by Middletown Division of Police on Friday, April 26, 2019
Scarily, it wasn’t by accident that the 24-year-old man, Dalvir Singh, stole the car with the kids in the back.
He knew he had.
When the children tried to escape, by rolling out of the passenger door, he grabbed Skylar’s hoodie attempting to stop her from leaving.
Putting up a fight, Chance pulled his sister and both kids were able to escape the moving car.
“As she tried to get away, her little brother grabbed hold of her and pulled her away from the kidnapper and they both tumbled out of the vehicle as it was moving,” the police statement reads.
Police are now praising Chance, saying his actions are what stopped him and his sister from being taken by the heroin-addicted man.
For Immediate Release:Date 4-26-2019Media Contact: Major ReeveRE: Kidnapping ArrestOn 4-25-2019 at 4:18pm the…
Their grandmother didn’t know they’d escaped
As the car drove away, you can see a panicked Nita trying to chase it as Chance and Skylar roll out of the passenger door on the other side.
Nita, who seconds earlier, was helping her daughter into the medical centre, says she let go of her daughter’s wheelchair upon hearing the kids’ screams.
“I let go and ran,” she told Komo News.
Running to the driver’s side of the car, Nita can be seen trying to grab the door handle.
At this point, it’s clear that Nita doesn’t know her grandkids have gotten away and can be seen trying to open the car door, until the kidnapper locks it and accelerates, forcing her to let go.
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Chance the hero
Upon seeing Skylar, Nita assumes Chance hasn’t gotten away.
“Skylar ran to me, so I could see her but I couldn’t see Chance, and I thought, I thought Chance was still in the car,” she told the network.
But quick-thinking Chance was already running inside to alert security about the kidnapping/carjacking.
“I kept screaming that he was still in the car and that was the worst feeling in the world,” Nita says.
Upon being taken inside the medical centre, she was reunited with Chance.
Thankfully Chance and Skylar only sustained minor injuries from their fall.
They told The Washington Post how thankful they are to their grandmother who put herself in harm’s way to save them.
“She would probably die for us,” Chance said. “She loves us.”