Man arrested in theft of van with San Francisco children inside | Bay Space

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – Police arrested a man suspected of stealing a minivan with two children after her father jumped out to deliver groceries in San Francisco.

Erlin Romero, 25, was arrested Tuesday and booked on suspicion of kidnapping, robbery, conspiracy, vehicle takeover and other crimes, said San Francisco Police Sgt. Michael Andraychak.

It wasn’t immediately clear whether Romero would have a lawyer who could speak on his behalf.

Police said Romero was wearing an ankle monitor at the time of his arrest. He was already facing two open robbery and car theft cases from San Francisco and was required to be wearing the electronic GPS device at the time of his release, the San Francisco Chronicle reported.

Another suspect who is still at large has not been identified.

Jeffrey Fang had his 4-year-old daughter and 1-year-old son with him when he was delivering for DoorDash on Saturday night, San Francisco police said.

He got off the Honda Odyssey around 8:45 p.m. to place an order in the Pacific Heights neighborhood, and when he got back he saw a stranger pulling away in the van.

The police announced on Twitter shortly after 1 a.m. on Sunday that the children and the minivan were in the Bayview neighborhood. They were reunited with their father later that day.

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