BOSTON (WPRI) — A 5-year-old girl who was kidnapped during a car theft was found safe and now the search is on for the suspect and the car, according to Massachusetts State Police.
Police say the car was stolen around 4:15 p.m. Monday in the area of 1331 Dorchester Ave.
Surveillance video shows the girl’s father parking his car and going inside a restaurant with the car still running and the girl in the back seat. Shortly after, a different man is seen getting into the driver’s seat of the car and driving away.
Police say the father left his phone in the vehicle which allowed them to ping it and track the car’s every move.
Nearly an hour later, the man dropped the child off on the side of the road in Randolph. That’s when Monique Brown, a retired teacher, rushed in to help.
“The little girl looked like she was crying,” Brown said. “I ran outside and I asked if you were alright and she said, ‘I want my dad.'”
Brown said the girl told her she had been taken by a man she didn’t know.
Police quickly arrived and once they identified the girl, they brought her home safe and sound.
“I’m so happy she was OK, but that was very scary,” Brown added.
Police are now actively searching for a silver 2007 Honda Accord with Massachusetts registration US117D.
Anyone who sees the vehicle is asked to immediately call 911.