Updated 08/20/2008 06:06 PM
Bronx Kids Taken In Carjacking Reunited With Family
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A Bronx brother and sister who were driven away in a cab by a carjacker while their mother was unloading bags were reunited with their family Wednesday.
Mariam Bamba, 7, and her four-year-old brother Ibrahim were in a livery cab in front of their house on Tinton Avenue in Morrisania, Bronx when a carjacker seized the vehicle around 10:45 p.m Tuesday.
The cabdriver was helping the children’s mother unpack bags, when a man jumped into the car and drove off.
The little boy, who was riding in the passenger seat at the time of the carjacking, was dropped off about a block away at 166th Street and Tinton Avenue and was able to walk home.
Mariam, the little girl, was sleeping in the backseat, but was dropped off at Chisholm Street and Freeman Avenue, about a half-mile from her house. Fortunately, she remembered her address and phone number and came across three girls who walked her home.
Neither child was harmed.
“Somebody take your kid, you can have any kind of idea. You don’t know how it happened to them. Anything bad can happen to them,” said Mamadou Bamba, the relieved father of the children.
As of Wednesday night, the taxi was not recovered. The carjacker was last seen wearing a white T-shirt and white shorts.