A 22-year-old Philadephia woman is charged in the weekend kidnap and carjack case that sources say involved an off-duty police officer.
Minnie Collins is accused of taking off in a car that was left runningwith two kids inside -- a baby and teenager.
The car belonged to an off-duty Philadelphia police officer, according to law enforcement sources who did not want to be named because they were not authorized to talk publicly about the case.
Neighbors came to the rescue during Saturday's carjacking, stopping the stolen Cadillac and pinning the alleged carjacker on the ground.
Philadelphia police say the ordeal began when the off-duty officer arrived at her mother's home in the 2000 block of East Firth Street in North Philadelphia around 10:45 a.m. She had her 14-year-old niece and a 10-month-old child in the car.
The off-duty officer got out of the car, but left her engine running, when she saw a woman she didn't recognize, sitting on the steps of her mom's house.
When the off-duty officer walked up to her mom's property, the defendant walked over to the car, ordered the teenager to get out and then sped off with the baby, according to police.
Frank Shipley lives nearby and heard the commotion.
"Hearing that lady screaming for her baby, you know what I mean, it was like piercing. I didn't even think, I just reacted," said Shipley.
Shipley and another citizen were able to pin the vehicle in a few blocks away at Frankford and Cumberland Streets. They cornered the suspect, who police identify as 22-year-old Minnie Collins.
"I checked on the baby right on the struggle happened. The baby was awake in there, just wide-eyed, just laying in the car seat," said Shipley.
Shipley held Collins down on the ground until officers arrived to arrest her.
Collins is charged with kidnapping, carjacking, robbery, theft, unauthorized use of an auto and related offenses.