The 5-year-old was reunited with her mother Sunday.

Quick-thinking 5-year-old escapes carjacking

It could have been a different call if a 5-year-old girl didn’t take matters into her own hands to escape a carjacking, police said.

According to Channel 2 Action News, a man approached the child and her mother outside the Villages at Carver apartments in southeast Atlanta Sunday night. He pointed a gun at the 5-year-old and took off with the mother’s white Infiniti, Atlanta police said.

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Surveillance video from a nearby gas station shows the woman frantically running after the stolen car. She thought her daughter was still inside the car, and called 911 about 6:30 p.m., Channel 2 reported.


“(The) mother did not realize at the time that her daughter had exited the vehicle and fled,” Atlanta police Officer Stephanie Brown told the news station.

The girl slipped out of the car as the thief jumped in, police said. It is not clear where she went after that.

However, mother and daughter were reunited a short time later. 

Police are still searching for the carjacker. It was not known Monday if the car was recovered. 

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