An 8-year-old boy in California missed his own, very brief, kidnapping — because he was sleeping in the backseat of his father’s car when it was stolen.
Brock Guzman was missing for a couple frantic hours Monday morning, KCRA reported. Just before dawn, as his Toyota Corolla idled in the driveway, Paul Guzman put his son in the back seat. It was about 4:45 a.m., which may account for how tired he was.
Guzman told police he went back inside for 30 seconds to fetch his older son and some other items, and when he returned his car had been stolen and a bicycle lay nearby, Fox News added. That’s when he got into another vehicle and the boy’s mom called 911. An Amber Alert was quickly issued.
The Guzmans didn’t have to wait very long before their son turned up – although four hours is certainly long enough. At about 8:15 a.m., a neighbor called police to report the Corolla parked nearby her house, about two miles away from the Guzmans’. Officers arrived on scene to find the boy still sleeping, SF Gate added. The suspect was gone.
“This was the best outcome we could hope for,” said police officer Kathryn McCormick.
And it was probably best for the boy, too.
Brock’s parents told KCRA that their son did wake up during the ordeal and even had a brief interaction with the car thief. Evidently, the suspect had no idea a child was sleeping in the back seat of the stolen vehicle and said to him, surely shocked: “I didn’t know you were in the car.”
Then Brock fell right back to sleep, proving he is either the heaviest sleeper on record or was just unimaginably tired from a busy weekend.
Either way, he hasn’t been traumatized by his drive around the block in a stolen car. In fact, his mother said he rather likes the attention.
Still, though the story has a happy ending, it should serve as a cautionary tale for parents about what could happen if a child is left alone in a vehicle, Officer McCormick told SF Gate.
“Please, don’t leave your vehicle running, warming up in the driveway. It’s just an opportunity for somebody to come up and take it.”
And, intentional or not, a sleeping child, either.
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