A father recovers his stolen vehicle with four children inside


MINNEAPOLIS — A fast-acting father was able to pursue his stolen vehicle after it was caught with his four children still inside.

The suspect in the case reportedly drove to the 800 block of Russel Avenue North in Minneapolis in a stolen vehicle. The suspect then stole another vehicle, which was occupied by four children, all under the age of five.

Derek Gotchie, the children’s father, was nearby and jumped into the stolen vehicle the suspect arrived in and chased his stolen car until he rammed the car near Plymouth Ave. N and Penn Ave N., according to the Minneapolis Police Department. .

The suspect then exited the vehicle and fled on foot.

EMS personnel arrived and assessed the children, no injuries were reported.

“Forensic scientists from the Minneapolis Police Department’s Forensic Division responded to process the scene and collect evidence,” an MPD statement said.



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