When a Georgia mother witnessed her car being stolen while her child was inside, she was able to use the “Find My iPhone” app in order to track down her 9-year-old son.
The mother in question, Jerrica Moore, had parked and exited her vehicle, and decided to walk away while the keys and her son, were still inside.
The Atlanta Police Department reported via a statement posted to Facebook that a short time afterwards, suspect Darius White opened the vehicle and attempted to speed off in with the child still inside.
“Officers immediately responded to the scene and began their preliminary investigation. Ms. Moore was able to track her son’s iPhone using ‘my location’ and relay real time tracking information to officers. Atlanta Police with the assistance of Georgia State Patrol (GSP), Fulton County PD and the Fulton County Sheriff’s responded and used the tracking information to work at locating the vehicle. An Atlanta officer was able to spot the vehicle being closely pursued by GSP. The suspect attempted to flee from officers, but GSP was able to successfully execute a precision immobilization technique (PIT) to render the vehicle immobile,” the statement explained.
Additionally, the statement explained that the suspect was taken into custody without incident and has been charged with Kidnapping, Cruelty towards Children, and Theft by Taking.
Moore’s son was taken to nearby Hughes Spalding Hospital following the incident and while he appeared to be unharmed, he was definitely left shaken as displayed by police body camera footage during White’s arrest and his recovery.
The video can be seen here: https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=649411096505671
“Not all heroes wear capes. We thank all the officers and agencies involved in apprehending this suspect and getting this child to safety,” the statement reported.
As a result of the recent incident, the department has sent out reminders to the public, strongly urging people to lock their vehicles and remove all valuables, “including their children,” when they exit.
“We are happy to report the child and his mother have been reunited. We again remind the community to lock their cars, and remove all valuables, including their children, when exiting their vehicles.”