BOYNTON BEACH, Fla. - What was supposed to be a quick family trip to the gas station turned into a carjacking and police chase.
Suspected car thief Lester Edward Schwalm told Boynton Beach police he had no idea a child was in the backseat.
Doctor Mark Foppe moved from Lakeland to Boynton Beach a year-and-a-half ago. On Sunday Foppe moved the rest of his family to the area and by Thursday news of their moves made headlines.
Boynton Beach police say Schwalm stole their SUV with their five week old son strapped in the backseat.
"It's scary to move to a new area and then something like this happens," said Pamela Dunlop, the baby's mother.
Foppe and Dunlop are planning their wedding and still trying to get settled into their new home. They say what they went through was every parent's worst nightmare.
Thursday afternoon the family was headed to the store. They stopped at the Shell gas station on North Congress Avenue. Foppe pumped the gas while his fiancé and her daughter went inside to buy a snack. Foppe said he got out of the car to see if his fiancé needed help, and by the time he turned around, the couple's car and son were gone.
Foppe ran after his SUV and took a bold stance by standing in front of it.
"I was screaming at the man 'please my baby (is) in this car, you got to end this now,' " said Foppe.
A good Samaritan gave Foppe a ride to follow the alleged car thief and a cell phone to call Boynton Beach police.
Foppe said it took police sixteen minutes to track down his SUV and his son, who was asleep in his car seat.
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Click here to listen to the 911 call part 2.
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