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Attempted Carjacker Who Was Beaten Appears In Court, Pleads Not Guilty

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SAN DIEGO, CA- The man accused of trying to steal a car, with a woman and child inside, only to be beaten up by people nearby, was in court Wednesday.

On Monday Fox 29 showed you video, provided by Aaron Leaf, of Sunday's attempted carjacking. It abruptly ended with the suspect, Ismael Hernandez, taking a beating from several men.

Wednesday, Hernandez appeared in court and pleaded not guilty.

Prosecutors say the 21-year-old Hernandez jumped into a minivan where a woman was with her 7-year-old daughter and waiting for her husband to come out of a market in City Heights.

"The keys were in the ignition when the defendant jumped in the driver's seat...punched her in the head and chest...drove forward...he struck a pole...she started screaming," said Deputy District Attorney Cherie Somerville.

Leaf, a bystander, took cell phone video as the husband and others went after Hernandez, pulling him from the car, and throwing him to the ground. They hit and kicked Hernandez, who was bleeding.

He was detained until police arrived.

Hernandez's parents were in court - his mother, who speaks only Spanish, talked with the media.

Ruth Hernandez expressed sadness over the incident. She said her son takes medication

Hernandez faces carjacking, assault, attempted kidnapping, and child abuse charges, along with possession of meth.

Prosecutors say they have no plans to charge those who went after Hernandez in the video.

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