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March 14 04:37 PM

Man steals car with child inside it

Suspect may have been bitten by a dog

 A trip to the day care takes a frantic turn for a mother after she has her car stolen with her small child still inside.


The search is on for a man who authorities say allegedly stole a woman's vehicle this morning from the parking lot of a west Shreveport child care center. The events culminated just before 11:00 this morning, when Shreveport Police officers responded to the 6700 block of Melara Avenue after receiving a call that a black Mercedes Benz had been taken with a young child still inside.  Upon officers arrival at the scene, they soon learned that during the process of dropping off one of her two children,  the mother of the children entered the day care while leaving the second child waiting in the back seat of the car.  With the mother inside the business, a suspect described as a light skinned black male, standing approximately six feet to six feet two inches tall with slender build, wearing a black and red baseball cap and tan pants jumped into the woman's car and sped off.  While fleeing the parking lot, the suspect struck a utility pole causing minor damage to the vehicle.


Officers responding to the scene received an additional call alerting authorities that a black vehicle matching that of the one stolen moments earlier was observed stopped on the side of the road in the 3000 block of Amherst Street.  Callers stated that they observed a small child standing outside of the vehicle crying.  Authorities quickly responded to the location at which time they located the vehicle and the child who was found unharmed.  The suspect was observed by witnesses fleeing from the stolen car and running between houses.  It is thought that the suspect may have been bitten by a dog as he fled through several backyards, ultimately navigating his way back to a vehicle that he had apparently driven up in and parked near the intersection of Quilen Boulevard near Melara. The suspect was successful in eluding officers and is still outstanding at this time.  Investigators are hopeful that evidence recovered at the scene of the crime will help identify the man responsible of the caper.  Anyone with information about this crime is urged to contact Caddo Crime Stoppers at (318) 673-7373 or on their website at lockemup.org

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