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Suspect Arrested in Oakland After Allegedly Stealing Car with Child Inside

A man suspected of stealing a car with a 4-year-old boy inside was arrested this morning by San Leandro police who tracked the suspect to Oakland. At about 7:30 a.m., a woman left her car running with her son inside while it was warming up in the driveway of her San Leandro home, according to police.

The suspect allegedly got into the car, started to drive away and ran into the boy’s mother, who had stepped in front of the vehicle to prevent the man from getting away, according to police. She was not injured. About 15 minutes later, police found the vehicle abandoned with the unhurt boy inside on 107th Avenue in Oakland.

Using security camera footage from several residences in the area, police were able to narrow their search for the suspect, who was arrested when he walked out of a house about four blocks from where officers found the car.

The suspect was arrested on suspicion of auto theft, kidnapping and assault with a deadly weapon, according to police. His name has not yet been released by police.

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