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Suspect Steals Car with Child Inside at D.C. Elementary School

October 19, 2018

By Eyasu Delesa

A suspect carjacked a vehicle with a child inside near an elementary school in D.C. Friday morning, according to NBC Washington.

The carjacking happened outside Watkins Elementary School in Southeast around 8:30 a.m. The child was in the backseat as the driver drove away.

The child and car were found a short time later at 16th and D streets SE, about four blocks from the school, NBC 4 reports.

Police released the following statement regarding the incident to Popville:

MPD is currently investigating an incident that occurred by Watkins Elementary School, at 12th and E Street, SE, shortly before 8:30am.

As our complainant was there to drop a child at school, the complaint observed, what we believe to be a theft from auto. The complainant exited their vehicle and went across the street to ask the suspects, who were in a Honda Fiat, to return the property to the vehicle.

While this discussion was occurring, one of the suspects exited the Honda Fiat vehicle and crossed the street to our complainants vehicle and entered through the drivers side door that was left ajar. Our complainant ran across the street and attempted to get back into the vehicle and was unsuccessful. This vehicle had a 5 year old child in the back seat. The suspect was able to take the vehicle and flee with the child inside.

These circumstances were not yet known to a First District officer, who was on patrol in immediate area. He noticed a vehicle traveling at a higher rate of speed and attempted to stop it by activating his emergency equipment. As the vehicle was traveling fast the officer was unable to initiate a traffic stop; however he, shortly thereafter, located the vehicle with the child safely inside in the 300 block of 16th St SE. The suspect was not in the car or visible to the officer when the officer located the vehicle.

Anyone with information about this event is asked to contact MPD on 202-727-9099 or by texting 50411.

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