An eight-year-old girl managed to save herself and her toddler sister from a carjacking after a brazen thief stole their father’s SUV in Milwaukee.
Adam Jorgenson went to get his car washed with his two daughters Charley, eight, and Autumn, two, at a Kwik Trip in Oak Creek on Sunday. But a thief jumped into his SUV as the dad left to grab a cloth and sped away with the vehicle that had his two children in the back.
The carjacker quickly realized the car was useless without the key fob and ditched it a mile away. Charley then called her mother and left a voice note to say: ‘I need you! We lost Dad,’ before police rescued them.
She felt she needed to ‘do something’ and told local television station WTMJ: ‘I was scared. I was like, “What’s happening?”‘
Oak Creek police have arrested three people aged 17, 20 and 21 in connection with the incident and they all face felony charges.
An eight-year-old girl managed to save herself and her toddler sister from a carjacking after a thief stole their father’s SUV in Milwaukee
Adam Jorgenson (left) went to get his car washed with his two daughters Charley, eight, (right) and Autumn, two, at a Kwik Trip in Oak Creek on Sunday
But a thief jumped into his SUV as he left to grab a cloth and sped away with the vehicle that had his two children in the back. Pictured: Kwik Trip in Oak Creek
Jorgenson had briefly left his SUV running after the wash when he went to get the cloth. Someone stopped him to ask for directions, which is when the thief jumped in.
‘He told me to get out,’ Charley said. ‘I was like, “What should I do? Should I run and be a scaredy cat or should I save my sister too.”
‘So I said, “What about Autumn?” I should try to kick him or defend myself and Autumn. But then, I was like, “I should stay in my seat and do nothing. Stay here, do the questions.”
‘When I realized that dad had the key, I was like, “He can’t do anything without the key,”‘ Charley added.
The young girl said the driver asked her where the car keys were and she told him her dad had them.
The thief then left the car a mile down the road and she grabbed her dad’s phone and called her mother.
‘Mom, I need you! We lost Dad,’ she was heard saying in a voicemail. While two-year-old Autumn said: ‘Where go dada?’
Jorgenson had called 911 at the Kwik Trip and was speaking to his wife on a separate phone as she tracked them using his iPhone location.
Police found the young girls at a Batteries Plus Bulbs store, safe and unharmed.
The thief then left the car a mile down the road and she grabbed her dad’s phone and called her mother to rescue her and her sister Autumn (center)
Police found the young girls at a Batteries Plus Bulbs store, safe and unharmed
‘I ran as fast as I could out of the back of that cop car to hug them,’ Jorgenson said.
The dad said he wants to warn other parents about the dangers of leaving their kids in the car unattended.
‘It’s pretty darn simple,’ he added. ‘In the winter, you come outside with your groceries and you have your two little kids.
‘You want to put them in the warm car and go take your cart back to the corral. That’s not the right order anymore.
‘Your kids might need to be cold for a few more minutes outside with you before you start your car and put them in it. It took two seconds for me to respond to somebody and then to sneak in.’
Car thefts in Milwaukee have increased by 36 percent over the last three years.
DailyMail.com has contacted Oak Creek police for comment.