DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - A one-month-old baby is expected to be OK after Daytona Beach police say a carjacker stole a car with the child inside and led officers on a chase.
Investigators said Thursday night, 7 to 10 keys were stolen from the Daytona Subaru dealership along Nova Road, along with 7 cars.
Daytona Beach police detectives encountered three suspects operating one of the stolen cars and confronted them in the parking lot of the Citgo gas station, located at Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and International Speedway Boulevard.
Police said the three abandoned the stolen vehicle and two of them escaped in a waiting vehicle, another one of the seven stolen vehicles.
The third suspect, 17-year-old Charles Atkins III, fled on foot through the campus of Bethune-Cookman University. That's where police said Atkins confronted a 22-year-old woman who was waiting for her boyfriend in the parking lot of the Performing Arts Building on Lincoln Street.
Police said Atkins physically removed the woman from her car and began to drive away. As Atkins was doing so, police said the woman resisted his efforts because her one-month-old baby was still in the back seat of the car.
The woman was thrown clear of the vehicle and it sped off with the infant secured in a car seat, police said.
Atkins then led police on a 4-mile chase with the baby, one-month-old Deveon Little, inside the car, according to police.
Police said Atkins eventually crashed the car into the back of a flat bed trailer at Derbyshire and Elvora Street, in the city of Holly Hill. Atkins was arrested and taken into custody after a short foot pursuit.
Atkins was charged with kidnapping, carjacking, aggravated fleeing and eluding, and grand theft of a motor vehicle. Police said Atkins could face additional charges.
Authorities said the woman and her baby were taken to Halifax. The woman suffered minor injuries and the baby was taken for medical evaluation, but police said the infant did not appear to have any injuries.
The other two suspects, who were also arrested, were not identified by police. The Florida Highway Patrol is investigating the crash.
The four vehicles police are still seeking are a silver 2009 Toyota Corolla, gray 2013 Nissan Rogue, black 2012 Volkswagen CC and blue 2012 Ford Escape.
Those with information about this incident is asked to call the Daytona Beach Police Department at 386-671-5100, or Crimestoppers at 1-888-277-TIPS (8477).
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