Apr 26, 2013 6:26 PM by Lorraine Rivera

TPD seeks suspect who stole car with toddler inside

Tucson Police are looking for the man who stole an SUV from a midtown home early Friday morning. A 3-year-old boy was sitting in the backseat of the vehicle.

Juan Ramirez said he put his son into the backseat of his Dodge Durango and then went inside his home to get his 5-year-old daughter. "As I walked inside and I turned to grab my daughter that's when I heard a door close and heard my truck just go into reverse," he recalled.

Ramirez said he saw his SUV driving away. He said he put his daughter in the home, called police and ran to the street where he flagged down a truck and begged the driver to help him follow the SUV. The two men were driving for just a couple of minutes when Ramirez spotted the Durango parked just a couple of blocks from his home. The little boy was sitting in the back seat and was safe, "I think that's what stopped him. He probably looked to the back and he knew I'm picking up another charge if I get caught."

He said his son was shaken up, "he just right away started telling me, 'dad, the man took your truck. He took your truck.' I told him, 'yes, I'm sorry, I won't let it happen again."

Mark Harper said the thief dumped the SUV in front of his home, "you don't usually see people park a car and then get out and run from it you know so I knew something was going on i just didn't know what it was."

Meanwhile, Ramirez said he had just one thing on his mind as he searched for his son, "just don't give up continue running and you'll get him. And sure enough he didn't get too far away he knew I was on him.

The suspect is described as a white man in his 30s, approximately 6'0-6'2" with a shaved or bald head. According to police, he faces at least four felony charges including kidnapping, auto theft, burglary and felony endangerment. Officers say parents should never leave their children alone in a vehicle.


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