Three children rescued after kidnapping in northeast Grand Island
Hastings, Neb. (Nebraska) – Grand Island Police rescued three children who were abducted in a carjacking Sunday.
A Grand Island man reported that his 2012 Chevy Traverse was stolen from North Wheeler block 1400 at 3 a.m., officials said. The man’s three children, aged five, one and seven months, were in the car at the time of the theft.
The Grand Island Police Department soon attempted to stop the vehicle, but was unsuccessful and stopped the pursuit.
According to the GIPD, the investigation led officers to conclude that the car was in Buffalo County. The vehicle was later found in rural Buffalo County and two suspects, a 17-year-old teenager from Hastings and 18-year-old Tate Wolfe from Kearney, were taken into custody by the Buffalo County Sheriff’s Department and the Nebraska State Patrol. The missing children were not found in the stolen car.
Grand Island Police officers while searching the area found a car stolen from Kearney and found a 5-year-old and a 1-year-old child in the car, who are believed to have been placed there by the suspects.
At that time, the baby was not found. An alert was issued in the county to try to find the infant, and at 5:25 a.m., a Hall County villager found the infant abandoned on the porch of a farmhouse.
All three children were taken to medical care with suspected hypothermia and frostbite.
The GIPD said both suspects are in custody and are being held at the Hall County Jail on suspicion of three counts of kidnapping, three counts of intentional child abuse resulting in injury, possession of stolen property, and running to avoid arrest. Additional fees may apply in cooperating jurisdictions.
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