MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - Memphis police charged a 35-year-old man with kidnapping after chasing a stolen car. The man stole the car with a child inside, but the child has been safely reunited with his mother because of the fast response by police.
"It made me feel great that they did it under a short period of time. It was pretty fast. I hate that it happened," mother Kaneisha Adams said.
According to police, Adams was at a gas pump on Lamar Avenue to put air in a flat tire. She said she went inside to get change and left her 2007 Dodge Caliber running with her 1-year-old inside.
While she was inside the gas station, someone told her a man walked up to the car and stole it with the toddler still inside. The witness said he was outside the gas station waiting for the bus when the suspect asked him for a quarter. He told him he didn't have a quarter, and the suspect said he was going to rob the store across the street.
The witness then told the suspect not to rob the store, at which point the man saw the running car, got into it and took off.
At some point, the toddler was placed out of the car at Oaklawn Street and Kerr Avenue. A Durham bus driver saw the 1-year-old and called police.
Police brought the child back to his mother.
The man who stole the car drove off after letting the baby out. Police continued to chase him before they were able to stop the car. That's when officers said suspect Marico Jackson refused to put his hands up or let police arrest him.
Witnesses said Jackson tried to run from police, but did not succeed. He was arrested and charged with kidnapping, resisting arrest, and theft of property $10,000-$60,000.
"We saw the young man getting handcuffed and he tried to run and it took all those officers to hold him," Bobbie Lewis, who lives in the area, said.
Adams is now holding her son much closer and said she is thankful the thieves dropped her son off, and the bus driver noticed him and helped get him home.
"I feel so much better that they did it for me, because they didn't have to do that," Adams said.
However, she admits it's a lesson learned.
"Please, do not leave your car running. No matter what," Adams said.