A terrifying case for any parent but one that has become more common in recent weeks, a car theft suspects not only taking the vehicle but the victim’s child inside.
South Padre Island police arrested Matthew James Chapa on Saturday. He is accused of stealing a vehicle along the 200 block of W. Gardenia. The 22-year-old was found along with a child passenger who was not harmed.
This is the second time in the span of a week an incident like this has happened. Last Friday, a Pharr family reported a stolen car with their 5-month-old child inside. In that case, the girl was not injured and the 16-year-old suspect was arraigned this week.