CMPD: 2 teens, 12-year-old charged after SUV with child inside stolen from laundromat

A 14-year-old, 15-year-old, and 12-year-old were arrested Monday night after a Honda CR-V with a 4-year-old inside was stolen, Charlotte-Mecklenburg police said.

At about 6:15 p.m., officers responded to a stranger kidnapping call for service. In a video released by CMPD after the incident, Eastway Division Capt. Stephen Fischbach said it happened in the parking lot of a laundromat. The laundromat is on Central Avenue near Briar Creek Road, according to the police report for the incident.

The 911 caller said that her SUV was stolen and her 4-year-old child was inside.

Fischbach said officers found the car but when they tried to stop it, the driver refused, initiating a pursuit.

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Just after 7 p.m. Monday, the stolen Honda crashed at North Graham Street and Rumple Road. The three suspects were arrested and taken into custody, and the 4-year-old was found unharmed.

The two teens were charged with first-degree kidnapping and possession of a stolen vehicle. The 15-year-old also faces a charge of felony flee to elude.

The 12-year-old has been charged with conspiracy to commit larceny of a motor vehicle.

Fischbach said the boy’s mother was inside the laundromat when it happened. He said surveillance video shows two of the suspects scoping out the car while the third stood as lookout. He said the two stole the car while the third left the scene on foot.

Police said after further investigation, the 4-year-old’s mother was also charged. Keeyamah Williams, 35, was cited for misdemeanor child abuse for leaving the child inside the car unsecured, Fischbach said.

The investigation is ongoing.

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