While the rider who found the car of his beloved in the morning rush hour must have been pretty surprised, it was nothing compared to the surprise of the culprit who was driving it. The woman in question tried to drive away, but for once the LA traffic jam was good for something. In the end, 39-year-old Erica Puig simply bolted. However, several witnesses chased the woman down the street and held her until the police arrived.
So this just happened.
This guy just stopped traffic because he found his wife’s stolen car. The woman driving it ran off. This happened in Venice. If anyone knows how to get this to the authorities please send them this video. pic.twitter.com/U3bWYe7lRU
— Matthew Santoro (@MatthewSantoro) May 19, 2018
The whole thing was caught on video by Matthew Santoro. The 32-year-old YouTuber, with over 6 million subscribers, is always ready to roll. “We captured it and the LAPD retweeted it, and they DM’d me and said thank you for basically capturing somebody,” Santoro wrote on Facebook.
UPDATE: The woman seen running away from the stolen car has been taken into custody. Thanks to all the community members who helped out. This has, and will always be, a team effort! https://t.co/edl4M6e3GQ
— LAPD HQ (@LAPDHQ) May 20, 2018
Police later confirmed that the SUV was indeed stolen in Santa Monica and that Erica Puig is now facing charges for grand theft auto.