Photo released of kidnapping, vehicle theft suspect

Police said this is a cautionary tale for other parents.

CORRECTION: A previous version of this story used a still image of an SUV that was near the police cars. The caption of the photo indicated it as the stolen car, but it was not.

ST. LOUIS — Police have released surveillance photos of a man wanted in connection with a vehicle theft and kidnapping of a two-month-old boy Thursday night.

The infant was in the back seat of the vehicle when it was stolen, and later found safe a few miles away inside of a restroom in Sherman Park, located at 1515 north Kingshighway. Medical crews on scene examined the child, and the parents took him to the hospital as a precaution.

The mother of the boy told police she left the keys and the boy in the car when she went to go check on her other child, who was inside of the convenience store near the intersection of Natural Bridge Avenue and Goodfellow Boulevard.

According to St. Louis Metropolitan Police, the suspect jumped into the gold 2003 Mercury Mountaineer and drove off. The car was found just few miles away in an alley near the Wohl Center on Kingshighway.

The suspect has not been located. Police say he is a male in his early 30s to mid-40s, around 5’10” with a gray beard. He was last seen wearing a turquoise shirt with a white stripe on it, and black dickie pants and white tennis shoes.

Anyone who recognizes the suspect is urged to call CrimeStoppers at 866-371-TIPS (8477).


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