SAN FRANSICO—San Francisco police found two missing children in the Bayview District at 1 a.m. on Sunday, January 7, just hours after the California Highway Patrol confirmed the crime on February 6, 2021, at 10:56 p.m., when children were abducted by a suspect who stole a DoorDash driver’s car when the delivery gig worker was out of the vehicle making a delivery in the Pacific Heights neighborhood.
The two children, four-year-old Winnifred Fang, and one-year-old Sean Fang, were abducted by a man between the ages of 20 and 30 in a stolen 2014 Silver Honda with an Odyssey Plate: 7FPK543.
The police responded to the call of a stolen silver Honda Odyssey at 9:18 p.m. Multiple units were requested to arrive en route to the scene where the vehicle was taken.
At 9:57 p.m., officers reported the Odyssey as a 2014 model. At 10:00 p.m. officers received additional 911 reports of Honda Odyssey sightings in San Francisco. An air unit confirmed approaching the sight of the theft at 11:04 p.m.
The crime was entered as an “amber alert” on Twitter, and notified to mobile phone users in San Francisco, San Mateo, Alameda, Marin, and Santa Clara. By 11:12 p.m., the “amber alert” on Twitter received over 6,000 retweets and 4,200 likes.
The SFPD mobilized all available units, including traffic enforcement, dirt bikes, and motorcycle. Though the car and the children had been found, the police are still searching for the suspect.
“We’re making a personal appeal to the people that were involved in this to turn themselves in, because this crime was extremely serious and (stealing) a vehicle to take two small babies away from their parents and abandoned them — thank goodness our police officers were out there until we found those kids,” San Francisco Police Chief Bill Scott said.
Jeffrey Fang, the father of the two abducted children, said he was doing a DoorDash run when the incident occurred. He got out of his car at about 8:45 to do his delivery, but when he proceeded to re-enter the vehicle, he saw a stranger in the front seat.
As a Mandarin speaker, his parents only speak Mandarin, according to an interview done with NBC Bay Area. Jeffrey Fang’s mobile phone was stolen, which he depended on for work as a DoorDash delivery driver.