A carjacker was forced to pull over when a pair of 7 year old twins leapt into action from the back seat, punching and whipping him into submission.
The botched theft occurred earlier today in San Antonio, TX, when an unidentified man approached the home of Lucia Lozada and hopped into the driver's seat of her idling car. Lozada was standing less than 10 feet away from the car as the carjacker threw the car into reverse, peeled out of the driveway and tore off down the street. Her twin sons and their 1-year old brother were already buckled into the back seat, as Lucia's family were preparing to go to church for Good Friday services. Their father had gone back into the house for only a minute, to grab a baby bottle.
"Lucia saw the man before he took the car," said Herminia Segovia, the Lozada children's grandmother. "She recognized him from around the neighborhood and even waved to him. Before she could do anything he jumped into the car and drove away."
The twins' mother, no doubt halfway out of her mind with worry, called 911. San Antonio police rushed to the scene, but within the space of 10 minutes the Lozada twins had managed to convince the carjacker to pull over, and drop the boys and their baby brother off.
They convinced the carjacker with their fists and a toy snake.
"One of the boys was punching the man in the face; the other was hitting him with a rubber snake," Sgt. Javier Salazar of the San Antonio Police Department told ABC News.
So after about a mile or so of being pummeled by tiny fists and lashed with a rubber reptile, the carjacker finally relented, and pulled over. He let out the twins and their baby brother, and then sped away, unfettered by the wrath of the tiny avengers.
The children's grandmother said she is most relieved that the carjacker was not interested in kidnapping her grandkids.
"The boys told me that the man just wanted the car. He even shook their hands before dropping them off, and let them keep their tablet," said Segovia.
With their baby brother and tablet in hand, the twins talked to a neighborhood girl, who was able to help them find their way back home.
"The kids had been taught never to talk to strangers, so when they got out of the car, they didn't want to approach a house they didn't recognize," said Salazar. "But they saw a little girl outside one of the houses, and they felt safe talking to her."
The girl's parents alerted authorities about the boys and after verifying the children's identities, police reunited the boys with their anxious parents.
"The parents were just so relieved," said Salazar. "They were thanking us for getting their children back so quickly, but we are of course crediting the twins who are as cute and as brave as can be."
While the carjacker got away, police are confident they will be able to find him, as he's been seen before around the neighborhood of the Lozada twins.