DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – Police now tell 2 NEWS they are unable to confirm a child was in a car taken in a Tuesday morning carjacking.
It happened around 7:00 a.m. Tuesday morning at the McDonald’s located at 1219 North Gettysburg Avenue.
Listen to the latest update form Lt. Eric Henderson from the Dayton Police Department:
Early reports form police were that the victim told police his 2-year-old grandson was in the car. Police now say they do not have enough information to confirm a child was involved.
Police were called to the McDonald’s Tuesday morning at 7:06 on reports of a carjacking with a child in the car. The victim told police his 2-year-old grandchild, Michael Allen, was in the car when it was taken.
Police have called off the search for the reported missing child. They say they are still trying to determine exactly what happened but do not believe at this time the child was in the car. They are not saying what may have motivated the victim to tell police a child was in the car.
2NEWS asked why an Amber Alert wasn’t issued immediately after the child was first reported missing.
Dayton Police Lt. Eric Henderson said there’s certain criteria that have to be met before issuing the alert.
“We need exact facts. We’re talking to the grandfather now. Trying to get additional information. Talking to parents so we can get pictures and additional information so we can get that issued.”
According to the U.S. Department of Justice — an Amber Alert is issued when the following criteria are met.
- A confirmed abduction.
- The child is at risk of serious harm.
- When there is significant descriptive information.
Police say they were unable to gather enough descriptive information to issue an alert.
Dayton Police tell 2 NEWS the stolen car was recovered by Ohio State Highway Patrol in I-75 near OH-122. Two 14-year-old boys were arrested.
Police are still talking to the victim. The victim told police the men shot him in the leg and took his car. Police chased the vehicle for a short time and caught up with them at OH-122 in Middletown. Police now say the man was not shot but he was dragged for a short distance by the car.
Dayton Police say the man might have gone inside the McDonalds, and left the keys in the ignition. It’s a trend police tells 2 NEWS is on the rise.
“It’s important that no one leaves their keys around or their vehicles running because we are seeing an increase in vehicles being taken while the vehicle is left running.”
2 NEWS is following this story and we will bring you more information as soon as we learn it.