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Teen carjacks vehicle with young kids and puppy inside

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According to NBC San Diego, three young children and a puppy were the victims of a carjacking on Sunday evening in the Chollas View area of San Diego, Calif.

A teenager took advantage of a father's mistake that evening - the man had stopped to visit his wife at work and he left the keys in the ignition of his Dodge Magnum, along with the family's puppy and the three children, whose ages ranged from 18 months of age to seven years of age.

Shortly after the vehicle was reported stolen, a California Highway Patrol officer spotted the vehicle and a brief pursuit followed.

After the suspect hit a curb and crashed, the kids and puppy were rescued and the teen was arrested.

Officer Derek Meissen, who made the arrest, noted that the kids were terrified, stating:

They were very scared. The little girl came out. She was freaking out while we were trying to take custody of the driver so we had to get her out of the way but she was very scared,"

The teen was booked into juvenile hall on multiple charges, including kidnapping and theft.

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