EL CERRITO, CA — A suspect who is accused of stealing a vehicle with a 3-year-old child inside Saturday night was arrested shortly after midnight Sunday in El Cerrito, CA. The child was taken by an unknown suspect from Oakland, CA, in a 2005 Silver Mercedes Benz shortly after 8pm Saturday. The California Highway Patrol issued an amber alert in connection with the child’s disappearance with an urgent request for anyone with information to call 911. Police described the suspect as a black male with a beard in his 40s who was last seen wearing a red beanie, a red shirt, and black pants.
Shortly after 11:40pm, Police spotted and pursued the suspect, before crashing the vehicle along side a road. The Oakland police took the suspect into custody at the crash scene. When police searched the vehicle, the child was not inside prompting police to do a city wide search for the girl.
Shortly at 1:50 a.m. Sunday, police confirmed that they found 3-year-old Ciara McCroey, and was reunited with her mother. It’s still not clear where the child was found.
This story is still developing and will be updated when new information is provided.