A 25-year-old woman driving a Hyundai pulled up in front of a pizza place and briefly went inside, to visit her boyfriend who worked there. She had their 3 children in the vehicle with her and she left them there while she dashed in. The children's mother was inside the restaurant, talking with the father of two of the kids.
The children's father chased the vehicle down, and according to police he pulled the suspect from the auto and started attacking the man. The man ran off but was caught by the father.
A fight broke out and police say other men from the neighborhood jumped in.
He told WPVI: 'They [parents] were able to pull this auto thief out of the vehicle.More news: Huawei to raise Dollars 1.5 bln to finance in-house development
"He fled on foot about a half a block. And the boyfriend caught up to him and there was some sort of physical struggle that ensued", Small said.
"Then other males from the neighbourhood intervened and began punching and kicking the male who took the vehicle".
It is not known how many individuals were involved or if the father of the children joined in on the assault with them.
Philadelphia Police Chief Inspector Scott Small, (pictured), said that the vehicle thief fled on foot.More news: Von der Leyen courts lawmakers in bid to become Commission chief
A large crowd who was present at the scene stopped the carjacker and beat him.
The man, identified as Eric Hood, was knocked unconscious and taken to a hospital, where he died.
"I'm not a fan of street justice", Philadelphia Police Capt. Jason Smith said at a press conference Friday.
The children's parents were both taken into custody for questioning and were said to be co-operating with investigators.More news: Quake rattles greater Seattle area; no link to California