National City Police have located a stolen car with two kids inside.
The incident began at 6:20 a.m. Monday on the 10 block of Osborn Street in National City when a witness at the Velero gas station said he suddenly heard a man yelling "stop the car...my kids are in there!"
A father driving a Nissan Rogue left the car running with his two kids in the back as he ran inside to grab an energy drink, the witness said.
He came back outside to see a woman stealing his car, National City Police said.
The witness said he called 911 and handed the phone to the father, who told dispatch what happened.
National Police found the car with the children safely inside shortly after.
It is unclear if the suspect, later identified as 23-year-old Alexic Mattier, and victim knew each other.
Mattier was booked into Las Colinas Detention Facility on kidnapping and auto theft charges.
No other information was immediately available.