Police in Memphis are looking for a kidnapping suspect after three children were driven off in a vehicle by the suspect on Friday, September 2.
Police say the children have been found safe, but the suspect is still wanted.
The kidnapping reportedly happened after a car accident and the children were in the car with a man who stopped to offer help.
“I was watering my flowers and suddenly I heard a ‘Bam!’ and my daughter’s car is parked in the street and I thought they hit her car, so I ran outside and I saw the man jump out of the white SUV, and I asked him if anything had happened,” witness Mary Carpenter told FOX 13 in Memphis.
Shortly after, she said the man involved in the crash had actually asked her for a ride.
FOX 13 Memphis reports that another man happened to be driving by at the time and also witnessed the crash. Just before 5pm local time, he stopped to help.
As the Good Samaritan got out, the man who crashed the white SUV jumped into the Good Samaritan’s car and left — with three more children in the vehicle, FOX 13 reported.
The suspect dropped the children a few minutes later a few blocks away, police said. Police say the suspect is still wanted and has a large cut on his forehead.
“I stopped to help and lost almost everything”, the good Samaritan told WMC Action 5 News. “We need to stay closer because everything could be gone in the blink of an eye.”
WMC reported that the children were aged 2, 4 and 6 – and that the white SUV the suspect had crashed into had been reported stolen.
Police in Memphis are investigating another high-profile kidnapping that also occurred on Sept. 2.
A 34-year-old teacher has not been seen since she went jogging early that morning. Police say she was “abducted and forced into a medium-sized, dark-colored SUV” around 4:30 a.m. local time.
This story was reported from Detroit.