Police say the suspect was trying to flee after attempting to steal another car
[facebook url="https://www.facebook.com/OlathePoliceDepartment/videos/865620066892578/" /]Police in Kansas say two girls were accidentally abducted on Tuesday when a man tried to steal their family’s SUV in an attempt to flee the scene of another crime, PEOPLE has learned.
An Amber Alert was issued just before 6 p.m. after an unidentified man allegedly jumped into a father’s GMC Acadia and drove off with his daughters, aged 2 and 6, inside, Sgt. Bryan Hill of the Olathe Police Department tells PEOPLE.
Prior to allegedly stealing the father’s vehicle, the suspect allegedly tried to steal a car from a local dealership, Hill says. But a witness confronted the suspect, who then exited the car and walked toward a local tire shop.
“With the witness following, the suspect entered a running and unattended vehicle” – the GMC Acadia – that was parked at the business,” police said in a statement. “The suspect drove off with the vehicle that had two children inside.”
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Officers found the missing car abandoned by the suspect about two-and-a-half hours later with the children safe inside, Hill says. The father of the children, Luis Fragoso, told KSHB that one of them slept through the entire ordeal.
Police identified the suspect only as a white male in his 40s.
Fragoso said he had gone inside Tim’s Tire Center for just a moment when the car was taken, KSHB reports. He called 911 and officers issued the Amber Alert.
Hill says police have no leads on the suspect, but the man could face charges of vehicle theft, kidnapping and “maybe additional ones as well.”
Police are working to determine where the suspect went with the vehicle after he took it, Hill says.
He added that the SUV was found parked in a residential area, prompting officers to question local residents.