Police: Good Samaritans stop man allegedly trying to steal car with child inside

OKLAHOMA CITY – An Oklahoma City mother gets the fright of her life after a simple trip to the grocery store almost turned into a carjacking.

Police say she was shopping at the Wal-Mart Neighborhood Market, located along N.W. 23rd St., when a would-be thief tried steal the woman’s car with her young child inside the car.

The mother turned on the ignition and cracked the AC to high after strapping her young child into the back.

As the mother began putting her groceries into her Jeep in the parking lot, 36-year-old Jacob Flippo allegedly came up and asked for a ride.

“When she denied that ride, he jumped into the car and tried to put it in drive and actually leave,” said Sgt. Jennifer Wardlow, with the Oklahoma City Police Department.

According to the arrest affidavit, the victim screamed for help and got the attention of some Good Samaritans.

As witnesses started running to her aid, she says Flippo jumped out of the car and started running down the street.

After he was taken into custody, Flippo told police, “I did it, so what. Just kill me now. Put a bullet in my head. You have the balls don’t ya?”

Flippo is facing a possible charge of larceny of a motor vehicle and kidnapping.

Still, with the summer sun beating down, many people start their cars to let them cool down without being behind the wheel.

Police say that’s not a great idea.

“We understand it’s hot, we see this in the winter too when it’s cold, but we would not recommend this to people,” said Wardlow. “You can see how quickly somebody can jump in when you’re not in the driver’s seat.”

Despite the brief scare, neither the mother or child were hurt.