What drastic measures would you take to protect your life in a dangerous situation? A carjacking in suburban Chicago forced a father and daughter to ask themselves this question, and their actions were surprisingly heroic..
While at a gas station in Aurora’s Far East Side, an unidentified 11-year-old girl was forced to jump from the back seat of her father’s SUV when a carjacker got behind the wheel and started to drive away. Video of the incident, captured on the gas station’s security camera, shows the SUV pulling away from the pump and, seconds later, the girl rolling out of the passenger side rear door.
We've had a lot of requests to post the video of the aggravated vehicle hijacking that occurred on Friday, May 4 at a gas station in the 1200 block of N. Eola Rd.This clip depicts the actual crime. You'll see an 11 year old girl who was inside the vehicle at the time jump out and roll in the parking lot. It also shows her father on the hood of the acomplice's vehicle attempting to stop it.Miraculously neither the girl nor her father were hurt.We secured charges through the DuPage County State's Attorney's Office of aggravated vehicle hijacking, aggravated unlawful possession of a stolen motor vehicle and fleeing and eluding police against Tyrelle L. Pulley of Chicago. We're still searching for his accomplice.Anyone with information is asked to call our Investigators at 630-256-5500 or Aurora Area Crime Stoppers at 630-892-1000.
Posted by Aurora Police Department on Tuesday, May 8, 2018
As if that weren’t harrowing enough, the girl’s father, who also has remained unnamed, is seen leaping onto the hood of an accomplices car, likely unaware that his daughter had already jumped from the vehicle. At the incident’s end, the two were reunited and, miraculously, neither were injured.
Police responded to the carjacking and immediately put an alert out on a stolen SUV. An Illinois State Police trooper spotted the vehicle less than an hour after it was stolen driving down Interstate 290. A brief pursuit ensued, ultimately ending in the driver, 20-year-old Tyrelle l. Pulley, wrecking the vehicle. Pulley was charged with aggravated vehicle hijacking, fleeing and eluding police, and aggravated unlawful possession of a stolen motor vehicle. Currently, his accomplice has yet to be located.
According to the Aurora Police Department’s Facebook page, information on the accomplice should be reported to Aurora Area Crime Stoppers at 630-892-1000 or directly to the police department at 630-256-5500. “Information called into Crime Stoppers is anonymous and qualifies for a cash reward if it leads to an arrest,” the post goes on to say, showing that human decency needs to be bought.
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“The charges are not proof of guilt,” the police department writes, “Pulley is presumed innocent and is entitled to a fair trial at which is the burden of the state to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.” Chances are, the gas station video isn’t going to play well for the alleged carjacker.
As for the father and daughter, they’ve remained out of the spotlight, likely still recovering from their horrifying incident.