Authorities in California are continuing to seek a pair of suspects in the kidnapping of two young children who were in their father’s minivan when a carjacker sped away.
As CrimeOnline previously reported, Jeffrey Fang was delivering a DoorDash order in the San Francisco’s Pacific Heights neighborhood on Saturday night when his children were kidnapped. The children, 4-year-old Winnifred and 2-year-old Sean, were in the minivan, which had its hazard lights on, when their father briefly left the vehicle to drop off a delivery order. When he returned a minute later, he found a man in the driver’s seat when he returned.
After a brief struggle, during which Fang told the man that his children were in the car and begged him not to take them, the suspect drove off. Fang, reportedly with the help of area residents, tried to follow the car but lost track of it.
As ABC 7 news reports, police quickly launched a massive search and shared photos of the missing children and car on social media. At about 1 a.m. Sunday, police officers spotted the children inside their father’s car. They were medically evaluated and are now home with their family.
Authorities have not released many details about the circumstances of the recovery, but reports suggest the children were alone in the vehicle when they were found.
San Francisco Police Chief William Scott told ABC 7 that police are now looking for two possible suspects, and urged the alleged kidnappers to turn themselves in to police.
“The people involved in this, turn yourself in. This crime is very serious, to kidnap a vehicle and take two small babies away from their parents,” Scott said.
Police have not yet released any identifying details about the suspects.
As a KTVU reporter noted on Twitter, Fang said he brings his children to work with him because he cannot afford healthcare.
#Gigeconomy criticized after @DoorDash driver has van stolen w/ his 2 kids inside while making a delivery in #SF. The father says he takes his kids on the job because he can’t afford childcare. @LorenaSGonzalez tells me this highlights lack of financial security for #gigworkers. https://t.co/zBB29Bv6Gq
— Heather Holmes (@HeatherKTVU) February 9, 2021
A friend of Fang’s launched a GoFundMe campaign to support the family, which has received over $100,000 in donations.
Anyone with information is urged to call the San Francisco Police at 415-553-0123 or the anonymous tip line at 415-575-4444.
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