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Man arrested in theft of van with San Francisco kids inside

February 11, 2021 GMT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Police have arrested a man suspected of stealing a minivan with two children inside after their father jumped out to deliver food in San Francisco.

Erlin Romero, 25, was arrested Tuesday and booked on suspicion of kidnapping, robbery, conspiracy, unlawful taking of a vehicle and other crimes, said San Francisco Police Sgt. Michael Andraychak.

It wasn’t immediately clear if Romero has an attorney who can speak on his behalf.

Police said Romero was wearing an ankle monitor at the time of his arrest. He was already facing two open cases for robbery and car theft out of San Francisco, and was required to wear the electronic GPS device as a term of his release, the San Francisco Chronicle reported.

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Another suspect still at large has not been identified.

Jeffrey Fang had his 4-year-old daughter and 1-year-old son with him while he delivered for DoorDash Saturday night, San Francisco police said.

He got out of the Honda Odyssey around 8:45 p.m. to drop off an order in the Pacific Heights neighborhood, and when he came back he saw a stranger driving off in the van.

Police announced on Twitter shortly after 1 a.m. Sunday that the children and the minivan were located in the city’s Bayview district. They were reunited with their father later that day.