Carjackers Foiled By Cell Phone

A pair of Georgia carjackers who swiped a Mercedes with a mother and her baby daughter in the backseat didn't know what they were in for.

The woman happened to have a cell phone, and by dialing 911 while she talked with the driver, she was able to drop clues to an emergency dispatcher. The dispatcher in turn led police to their location, CBS News Correspondent Byron Pitts reports.

Despite her terror, Esther Green remembered the cell phone in her 10-month-old daughter's diaper bag as she and the baby were driven through an Atlanta suburb by the car thieves.

Green, the wife of New York Jets athlete Victor Green, left the phone hidden in the bag and tried to give the dispatcher clues about what had happened and where she was.

"Please stop the car. Please. It's not worth all this," Green told the driver, according to a 911 recording released Wednesday. "You can have the car. You can have the car. Please let me get my baby out of the car. Please. Please."

To describe their location for the dispatcher, Green asked the driver to let her out at landmarks along the way and gave hints on what direction the car was traveling.

"You're making a left?" she said. "Why are you making a left?"

Another time, she said, "Make a right onto Highway 85." The 911 tape reveals that dispatcher Holly Eason immediately relayed the information. "They're making a right onto Highway 85," Eason reported.

Green kept up her act even as police closed in on the carjackers. With sirens sounding in the background, Green, feigning surprise, told the driver: "Oh my God, they want you to stop."

The carjacking began as Green waited outside a store for a friend. When she crawled into the back seat to retrieve her daughter's juice cup, a man jumped in and drove away with Green and the baby in the back. He soon stopped to pick up another man.

Green said that after she called 911, she had no idea anyone was listening on the other end.

Two men from Ohio, Stephen Eric Bonnett, 18, and David E. McDonald, 21, were charged with kidnapping and auto theft. Police said Bonnett was the driver and McDonald was the man who climbed in later.

Green said she couldn't believe how calm she was during the ordeal.

"The angels came and took my body over and was doing all the talking," she said.

  • CBSNews.com staff CBSNews.com staff

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