Vehicle stolen with child inside results in kidnapping arrest

A one-month-old baby was taken in a car theft in Vancouver, but was found unharmed by deputies shortly after, while the suspect was later identified and arrested on multiple charges including kidnapping and theft.
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Child found safe and provided back to the parents

On Saturday (April 8) at about 7:49 a.m., Clark County Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a kidnapping at 1501 NE 99th Street in Vancouver. The victim and reporting person told 9-1-1 that an unknown male had taken his 2022 Audi, which had his one-month-old child in the back seat. 

Deputies came into the area and located the vehicle near NE 88th Street and Highway 99 with the child still inside. The suspect, later identified as Mario Andrews, had already fled the area and was not located at that time. 

The child did not appear to be injured, but was checked by medics and was provided back to the parents.  A male was detained by deputies for a brief period then released when it was determined he was not involved. 

Later in the day, the victim reported his credit cards being used at Vancouver Mall and Sheriff’s Office deputies, as well as Vancouver Police Department officers, responded. 

Mario Andrews was arrested for theft of a motor vehicle, kidnapping in the second degree and reckless endangerment. Vancouver Police Department also arrested him for possession of a stolen motor vehicle and attempting to elude from an earlier case. 

Information provided by Clark County Sheriff’s Office.


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