Two young children were kidnapped in San Francisco late Saturday when a suspect stole a minivan, leading to a frantic search and plea from their father to get his kids back, KNTV reports.
“My children are the most important thing,” Jeffrey Fang told the television station on Saturday evening. “Please just return them safely to me.”
Around 8:45 p.m. Saturday, Fang was delivering a DoorDash order in the city’s Pacific Heights neighborhood. He put his hazard lights on, exited the van for a minute to deliver the food and when he returned, he saw a man in the driver’s seat, according to KGO-TV.
Inside the Silver Honda Odyssey were Fang’s two children, 4-year-old Winnifred and 2-year-old Sean. They speak Mandarin only.
Fang told police that he tried to get the man out of the vehicle and that a struggle ensued. “I yelled at him and told him to get out and two of my kids are in the car,” Fang told KGO-TV.
The man took Fang’s phone and drove off in the van. Fang was able to follow the vehicle for two blocks before losing track of it.
“Times are hard,” Fang told reporters. “If you’re going to have to resort to stealing, that’s a different matter, but please, don’t hurt my kids. Let them return safely back to me and my wife, please.”
The San Francisco Police Department dispatched all available units to search for the vehicle, and the California Highway Patrol subsequently issued an Amber Alert.
Shortly after 1 a.m. Sunday, police confirmed that the children had been found in the city’s Bayview District. Their condition was not released, but they were going to be “medically evaluated and reunited with their parents,” according to a tweet from the San Francisco Police Department. Investigators from the department’s Special Victims Unit also responded, according to a tweet from Lazar.
“Thank you to the heroic police officers who worked tirelessly to locate the two children,” Lazar wrote in a tweet. “A special thanks to the [Bayview Station] officers who located the children and the vehicle. Our work continues in the Investigations Bureau to identify and apprehend those responsible.”
Early Sunday morning, the police department said the suspect was “still outstanding.” He is described as a 5-foot-10 Hispanic male with black hair and brown eyes.
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