DENVER (CBS4) – A 10-year-old boy jumped from a moving car as it was being stolen outside of Queen Liquor in Denver Wednesday.
The incident happened around 6 p.m. Heidi Compton parked her white Buick in front of the store and went inside. Her son Hunter wanted to stay in the car and listen to one of his favorite songs on the radio.
A man who was in line in front of Compton left the liquor store and initially walked beyond the car. He then returned a few seconds later. He casually got inside and screamed at the boy to get out as he was backing the car up. Hunter jumped out and the man drove away.
“I made the stupid mistake of leaving him in the car and I want other parents to know, even if you know it’s only going to be for a second, and even if you think that it’s going to be safe, it’s not because it can happen that fast. Just don’t ever do it.” Compton said.
Hunter wasn’t injured.
The man is described as a Hispanic male in his early 20s. He was wearing a Navy jacket with two thick white stripes on each shoulder.
Lakewood police said they located the car on Monday. Officers watched the car for awhile to see if the thief would come claim it, but he did not. It appears intact but does not have the keys, so Compton will have to pay for that. She said police found it in an area where stolen cars are often taken and dumped.