A man with a rifle carjacked a vehicle, stealing the driver’s phone then racing away with her two children still in the car, Kansas City, Kan., Police said Sunday.
The woman had to run several blocks to a corner store to call police — setting off a frantic search that ended quickly and safely for the children and with a man in custody.
The children, 4 and 7, had been put out of the car and found by a neighbor.
The first carjacking happened after 2 p.m. near Freeman Avenue and 15th Street, police said. Soon the woman who’d been carjacked appeared inside the liquor store at 13th and Washington Boulevard.
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“It was as bad as you would think if someone had your kids,” said the store manager, Robert Edwards, who helped the woman get to a phone. “She was as stressed as you would imagine. I’m glad she got the kids back.”
The children were found walking near 15th and Wood Avenue by a resident who took the children in and called police.
For most of an hour Sunday, police were looking for the suspect, who they said had pointed his rifle at a second victim and carjacked a SUV.
Kansas City, Kan., Police Chief Terry Zeigler went on Twitter, describing the dark blue SUV, urging anyone who sees it to call 911, warning that the driver should be considered armed and dangerous.
The suspect was soon taken into custody and both stolen vehicles were recovered. No injuries were reported.
Police urged anyone with information to call the TIPS Hotline at 816-474-TIPS (8477).