Surveillance video at a Midtown gas station captured the moment thieves jumped into a woman’s car with her 1-year-old son inside.
The boy is OK, and police arrested one juvenile in the incident, according to an Atlanta police report.
But the search is still on for three other people involved in the theft.
“It all happened so fast,” mother Meghan Holmes told Channel 2 Action News.
Holmes was pumping gas about 6:40 p.m. Sunday at a BP in the 100 block of Ponce de Leon Avenue when a man and woman walked up to her and asked for directions, according to the report.
Both about 40 years old, the man had a lazy eye and wore all black. The woman had honey-blonde hair and was wearing silver and gold hairpins and a teal windbreaker, police said.
Seconds later, two other people drove up in a stolen silver SUV, and one of them — a woman wearing a purple bubble coat — slid into Holmes’ SUV and drove off, police said.
Screaming and crying, Holmes chased after her SUV.
“Everything passes in your head,” Holmes said. “My kid is in a car with a stranger, and I have no idea where that car is going.”
Moments later, the thieves ditched the SUV along 5th Street and police found her son unharmed, police said.
The juvenile arrested was found Wednesday by APD’s fugitive unit and charged with kidnapping, a spokesman said.
Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 404-577-8477.
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