On Sunday, the police apprehended a man in Miami for trying to steal a car with a 3-year-old girl inside. The suspect, 34-year-old Yendry Carrazana of Miami, is now facing charges of kidnapping and carjacking, as per the Miami Police Department’s arrest report.
Around 6:30 p.m., a woman was standing near the front passenger side of her parked Toyota Corolla in the vicinity of the 400 block of Northwest 23rd Place.
She noticed Carrazana approaching her car and getting into the driver’s seat, where a 3-year-old girl was seated in a car safety seat.
As Carrazana attempted to drive off, the woman entered the car and tried to push him out while he was still driving, according to the report.
A struggle followed, during which the woman managed to wedge her left foot under the car’s dashboard and hit the brakes.
Another family member who was outside the car pleaded with Carrazana to let her take the baby, but he refused and still attempted to drive away with the car, the report stated.
While attempting to retrieve the baby from the car, the woman was dragged for a short distance and sustained bruises on her right arm and knee, as reported by the police.
Another male relative of the child, who was nearby and heard the commotion, rushed over to the car and tried to pull Carrazana out of the driver’s seat, authorities said.
Carrazana responded by punching the male relative in the face while family members tried to extract him from the car, according to the report.
A fifth relative of the baby girl ran to the scene and, along with other family members, succeeded in pulling Carrazana out of the car and holding him until the police arrived.
In Carrazana’s arrest report, the arresting officer noted that during transport to the Miami Police Department’s Robbery Investigation Unit, Carrazana attempted to flee.
As of Tuesday, Carrazana remains in custody without bail at the Turner Guilford Knight Correctional Center.