Neighbors said Victor Ruiz parked his car in a no parking zone when he briefly went to his apartment with groceries Thursday and left his two young daughters in the car.
According to neighbors, a tow truck driver quickly latched onto the family's car and took off.
Court documents show the tow truck driver made the discovery and stopped about two miles away on Wheatley. Neighbors said he should have realized much earlier.
"When he pulled into the apartments, he hurried up and hooked his thing on the car," said Sade Jones, neighbor. Jones told Local 2, "I'm like wait! Them kids in the car. He snapped the picture and hurry up and sped off with these peoples' cars."
Ruiz was charged with two counts of abandoning a child because the kids were left without supervision.
Jones asked, "How did he abandon a child if a whole bunch of people was around watching his car?"
Ruiz sat in jail on a $4,000 bond.
No one answered at the family's apartment Friday night.