Here's the story (edited to protect Lausana's privacy...)
Posted on Fri, Jan. 31, 2003
Carjacked SUV, baby rescued
Police shut down I-69 to catch the suspect.
By Mitch Sneed and Sandra Hong
of The News-Sentinel
Fort Wayne Police officers bring a child into headquarters on Creighton Avenue after the 13-month-old was rescued from a stolen SUV on Interstate 69.
A man suspected of stealing a sport utility vehicle with a 13-month-old child inside was apprehended as he fled on Interstate 69 today, forcing portions of the expressway to be closed during morning rush hour.
A 1998 four-wheel drive GMC Jimmy was reportedly taken just before 8 a.m. from the parking lot of a business in the area of West State Boulevard.
"The preliminary information that we have is a woman left the vehicle running and briefly ran inside a business there," Fort Wayne Police Sgt. Tom Rhodes said. "When she returned, the Jimmy was gone, with the child in its car seat still inside."
With a description of the SUV broadcast, a Fort Wayne officer spotted the Jimmy, just north of Coldwater Road. The vehicle was followed and other officers responded along the route.
With officers from the Fort Wayne Police,the Allen County Sheriff's Department and the Indiana State Police following, the driver went north on I-69. With police vehicles in place, the Jimmy was stopped just inside DeKalb County near mile marker No. 123 and the driver was arrested without incident.
The child was found unharmed inside, according to Rhodes.
"This was not a pursuit or a high-speed chase," Rhodes said. "We located the vehicle and followed until it was able to be stopped."
The girl was reunited with her mother at Police Department headquarters on Creighton Avenue.
To clear the path for police vehicles, traffic was stopped on I-69 for about 10 minutes. The incident was over in about 30 minutes.
Information on the suspect was not released, but officials were exploring if the theft and abduction were related to a domestic incident.
Witnesses near the theft scene described a white man about 30 years old walking in the area before the theft. No description of the arrested suspect was released.
"It would be premature to comment on any of that until we are able to gather all the information," Rhodes said. "Officers are still returning and details will be made public when available."