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Instinct spurred Vic woman to dive on car

AAP logoAAP 8/11/2016 Helen Velissaris and Julian Drape

A woman who jumped on the bonnet of a car in Melbourne to stop a thief driving off with a six-month-old girl inside says she acted on mother's instinct.

Ek Arafan was chatting to the mother of the baby girl as they were picking up their kids from a school in Coburg on Tuesday, when she saw the man jump into her friend's Mercedes and start driving off.

She dived onto the bonnet without thinking.

"I just reacted. I didn't think about anything, I just did it," she told the Nine Network on Wednesday.

"It's just mother instinct I guess."

She was carried 400 metres down the road before she fell off unharmed, police said.

Ms Arafan's daughter Lou Lou says her mother is the bravest person she knows.

"I don't know anyone else that would have jumped onto the bonnet of a car," she told Nine.

The car was found a short time later dumped a few streets away from the school with the baby inside unharmed.

Police on Wednesday released video footage showing three people arriving at the school moments before one of them steals the luxury 4WD.

The offenders remain on the run.

Footage also shows the mother limping after the car as the driver ran over the her foot.

The driver abandoned the car on foot and is described as a 30-year-old of European appearance with dark, wavy hair.

Another man in his late 20s with dark hair tied up in a bun fled the scene in the silver Camry being driven by a third person.

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