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A man who stole a car with kids inside killed by crowd

A man who stole a car with kids inside killed by crowd

A father chased down and beat to death a thief who stole a auto with his children inside, United States police have said.

As the woman was speaking to her partner, the thief climbed into the vehicle and drove off.

The incident happened in Philadelphia Thursday night, while the mother took the children to a pizza store where the father of two of the kids was working, police say. The police have been examining video footage to identify those involved in the assault of Hood.

"The kids' father then pulled him out of the auto and beat Hood as other bystanders in the area joined the attack, according to investigators", NBC Philadelphia added.

Investigators say the boyfriend, who is the father of two of the children, chased the suspect on foot and was able to catch up to the auto when it got stuck in traffic. Once at the vehicle, he grabbed the auto thief and pulled him out, hitting him repeatedly.

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Philadelphia Police Chief Inspector Scott Small said police were told that 'other males in the area helped the boyfriend with this physical altercation'. He only got about a half block away before dad ran him down again. He was taken to Temple University Hospital but was found to be dead. "Then other males from the neighborhood intervened and began punching and kicking the male who took the vehicle".

A large crowd who was present at the scene stopped the carjacker and beat him.

The couple who were questioned by police are both aged 25.

Police are investigating and had not made any arrests Friday afternoon.

The city's medical examiner's office is yet to determine how the suspected carjacker died.