New Orleans cops say someone stole a car with a two-year-old girl in the back seat. It happened at a gas station on Claiborne Avenue last night.
"Detectives are asking for the public's assistance in identifying and locating two suspects wanted in connection with a Simple Kidnapping and Theft of an Automobile," Officer Hilal Williams said in a news release. "The incident occurred last night at approximately 10:27 P.M., in the 2100 block of South Claiborne Avenue.
She says that the driver left the little girl in the car while he went inside a gas station and a friend in another car was nearby.
"The victim exited the vehicle, leaving the keys in the ignition and his two-year-old daughter inside, while his friend stood by in a separate vehicle," Williams explained. "The victim entered the building to purchase gas when two unknown African-American males drove into the parking lot of the gas station in what appeared to be a red Chrysler PT Cruiser."
In the video below, you can see the driver of the PT Cruiser get out, then get into the Infiniti G35 with the child and drive away.
Williams says, "The friend of the victim, who was still seated in a separate vehicle, noticed the situation and gained the attention of his friend. They both attempted to chase down the perpetrators, but subsequently lost sight."
About 20 minutes later, the toddler was found walking in the rain.
"At approximately 10:45pm, a Good Samaritan observed the victim's daughter wandering on the sidewalk near the intersection of St. Louis and Treme Streets," according to Williams.
The person who found the little girl drove her to the police station.
"She was later reunited with her father. The child was taken to the hospital as a safety precaution."
Here is more information from the NOPD:
The stolen vehicle is described as a black 2003 Infiniti G35 bearing Louisiana License Plate XXM725 and having the vehicle identification number (VIN) of JNKCV51E73M318490. Inside the stolen vehicle was a black/gray Smith & Wesson .40 caliber handgun.
Citizens with information that can help solve this crime are asked to call CRIMESTOPPERS at 822-1111 or toll-free 1-877-903-STOP. You could receive a cash reward of up to $2,500 for the information leading to the arrest and indictment of the responsible person(s). You do not have to give your name nor testify to receive the reward. Citizens can also submit an anonymous tip online to Crimestoppers at www.crimestoppersgno.org