A Bronx mom taking her son to school found a man attempting to steal her car, yanked him out of the driver's seat and detained him until police arrived.
Tihisha Jones, 49, had auto-started her 2005 Honda Pilot, parked outside her Brook Avenue apartment in Melrose, at around 7:30 a.m. Tuesday.
When she walked downstairs with her son to take him to school, she noticed someone was already in the driver's seat. The suspect, identified as 19-year-old Bernado Santiago, was toying with the ignition, attempting to get the car moving.
However, Jones had only auto-started the vehicle, and she was still in possession of the key.
She opened the passenger's side door to confront Santiago, but he closed it on her. She then went to the driver's side door, opened it, yanked him out of the car and threw him to the ground.
Jones later said she simply had enough and it was time to fight back.
Bronx mom speaks out after stopping and detaining would be car thief. Video of incident via @KMackBrand pic.twitter.com/seSuG2NoYw— Marcus Solis (@MarcusSolis7) December 18, 2018
She said last week someone broke the window of the car she worked so hard to buy and the week before that she said someone stole the rear spoiler.
"I had to take matters into my own hands because I work, I saved to get that car myself," Jones said. "I'm a single parent, I saved to get that, I saved."
Jones held the suspect until police arrived. When confronted by police, Santiago, who appeared intoxicated, attempted to convince them that the car was his Uber. They were not convinced.
Jones has congestive heart failure and sometimes uses a walker, but the 19-year-old suspect was no match for her.
"I should have really thought it through, but I just reacted," she said.
Santiago was charged with attempted grand larceny, petit larceny and criminal stolen possession of stolen property.