Police searching for suspect in car theft turned kidnapping


WASHINGTON, DC -- Police are searching for a man they say stole a car parked on 18th and Newton Streets Northeast, with a baby inside around 10:15 Monday morning.

According to police, the owner of the car left the ignition running with his one-year-old son unattended in the car, while he went to go run an errand. 

George Bell lives right next to where the car theft turned child abduction happened.

He said, “The gentleman had left his car running to drop off some paperwork and it was a one-year-old kid left in his vehicle. And, somebody on a bicycle came along, dropped the bike and took the vehicle.”

Police say the suspect had been riding a DC Bike Share bicycle when he spotted the car and took off with it.

A short time later, detectives found both the car and the child, abandoned, near 14th and W Streets Northeast.

A security guard said the owner of the car had come to pick up his check from a nursing care facility, when his car was stolen, which is about a block away from where he parked.

While Bell was relieved to know the child and his father were reunited,  the incident left Bell asking, “Why would a parent leave, or whoever was in charge of that kid, leave a kid unattended in a vehicle.”

The suspect is still on the loose and is described as a 17 or 18-year-old male and last seen wearing a burgundy hooded sweater and blue jeans.

Anyone who has information is asked to call police at 202-727-9099.