Ayanna Julbe: Carjacker ended up calling the police on HIMSELF after the theft because there was a baby in the back
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The baby's father and mother had stepped out of the parked car to quickly run into a cell phone store only to have their car stolen and baby inadvertently taken.
The thief called police 40 minutes later saying that 'there's a baby in the back seat of the car' before reporting the location before fleeing.
The suspect is still at large and police have released surveillance footage of him stealing the car in the hopes of finding the man, who appears to have light skin and spoke in Spanish during the call to police.
'I guess he drove off, and the baby started crying and he turned around and said, "Oh, my God. What have I done?"' the baby's father Patrick Juble told The New York Post.
Mr Juble, 27, left the car to look at cell phone cases in Boost Mobile on Morris Avenue in the Bronx.
He tried showing one of the cases to the baby's mother, his girlfriend Jennifer Rodriguez, through the store's window as she remained in the Jeep Grand Cherokee with baby Ayanna Julbe.
On the run: The suspect was seen on surveillance footage and spoke Spanish when he called police about 40 minutes after stealing the car
When she wasn't able to see the case that Mr Juble was showing her, she left the car to quickly run inside. Her boyfriend's ex-wife said that Ms Rodriguez did not mean to put the child in harm's way.
'She stepped out for like a second,' Kyrstal Guzman, the mother of Mr Juble's older son, told The Post.
Security footage from a nearby garage caught glances of the thief as he got into the driver's seat of the silver car and drove away.
Mr Juble tried running after the car when he realized what had happened but to no avail.
The moment: The thief is seen getting into the car which had its lights still on
Safe: Baby Ayanna, whose age was not released, was taken to a local hospital for observation but she is said to be unharmed
Police got the tip of the car's location about 40 minutes later when they received a call from a payphone in Washington Heights, about a mile and a half from where he ditched the car.
Investigators believe the caller was the thief and that he had given himself time to get far enough away from the vehicle before reporting the incident.
The car was found parked at the corner of Goble and Jerome avenues in the Bronx, and the baby was taken to a nearby hospital for observation though she is said to be unharmed.
As police search for the suspect, the parents are facing no charges but have met with children's services agents.
'The parents were basket cases,' a police source told The Post.