Police in the US have released some dashcam footage of the dramatic moment that police officers rescued 2 children who were in a vehicle that was stolen by the suspect.
On 11th Jan at around 19:35 hours, police dispatch recieived a 911 call from a witness who stated that a vehicle had just been stolen from a store located on 4538 Martin Luther King Road, Tulsa.
Another caller also called 911 to state that they had witnessed the same vehicle being stolen and that they had attempted to try and follow the vehicle as it made off from the scene, but that they had lost sight of it.
A third caller also stated that they believed that two young children were in the stolen vehicle.
When police made contact with the victim and mother, she confirmed to them that her 2 children, aged 4 and 5, were in the vehicle whilst she was in the store and that she did not see who took the vehicle.
Officers from Gilcrease Division and Riverside Division responded to the area in order to try and locate the suspect.
Officer Pablo Zuniga was at the intersection of Apache St and Lewis Avenue watching out for the stolen car.
At around 20:45 hours, over an hour after the suspect had taken the children, Officer Zuniga saw a vehicle that matched the description of the stolen car travelling north on Lewis Avenue from Apache St.
Officer Zuniga also saw the two young children in the back of the vehicle and confirmed that it was indeed the car that had been taken from the store.
Zuniga kept a safe distance from the car and observed it until more officers could assist him.
The suspect was travelling at around 30 MPH meaning that Officer Zuniga could easily keep the vehicle in his sights.
The suspect then pulled into ‘Lucky Sam’s Store’ at which point Officer Zuniga initiated a traffic stop and took the suspect into custody without incident.
The children were not harmed and were checked over by EMS personnel before being returned to their mother.
The suspect, Jarrod Gilliam, was arrested at the scene and charged with various offences, including two counts of kidnapping.
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