Durham 9-month-old found safe after car stolen from gas station with baby inside

DURHAM, N.C. (WTVD) -- A baby who was kidnapped in Durham was found safe on Tuesday morning after a scary night.

The 9-month-old was found after a car was stolen Monday, according to Durham police. The child was missing for a little over three hours and was found after 3 a.m.

Durham officers responded to the kidnapping call around 12:30 a.m. at a Family Fare gas station in the 2200 block of North Roxboro Street. A woman told officers she had stopped to pick up something and left the car running with the baby in the back seat of her Pontiac G6.

ABC11 has obtained surveillance video of the moment the kidnapping occurred.

About 40 minutes after the kidnapping, a Durham police officer saw the vehicle near Cook Road and Fayetteville Street. The officer tried to stop the car but stopped the pursuit as it got onto Interstate 40 East due to the vehicle's increasing speed.

Officers then notified nearby law enforcement agencies including Raleigh Police Department.

Raleigh police officers later located the vehicle near Garner Road, but the baby was not inside.

The driver, 35-year-old Richard Thomas Jones, of Durham, said that he had left the baby at an apartment in Durham.

Durham officers then went to the apartment and found the baby unharmed.

Jones was charged with second-degree kidnapping, felony fleeing in a motor vehicle to elude law enforcement officials and larceny of a motor vehicle. Additional charges were obtained by Raleigh police.
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