Police: Van stolen in Tualatin with infant inside
A Tualatin man is facing charges that include kidnapping after he allegedly stole a van while a 9-month-old infant was inside Wednesday, July 27.
The Tualatin Police Department said officers arrested 24-year-old Marcus Esa Paul at the Parkrose Transit Center after tracking the stolen vehicle's movements. The owner's cellphone was also inside the van when it was stolen, police said, allowing them to track it.
The 2020 Kia Sedona was stolen while it was left running in the parking lot of Oregon Dog Rescue at 6700 S.W. Nyberg St. in Tualatin, at about 6:45 a.m. Wednesday, police said.
The owner told police his child was inside the van when it was stolen. According to police, the child was later found by a passerby on the side of a road in Oregon City, after the driver of the stolen vehicle apparently dropped the child off before driving away.
The infant was not injured during the incident, police said.
Paul was arrested after the van was reportedly tracked to Northeast 95th Avenue and Prescott Street in Portland, just outside Maywood Park. Police said that after officers located Paul and the stolen vehicle, Paul ran from officers but was ultimately detained at the Parkrose Transit Center.
Paul was taken to the Washington County Jail on presumptive charges of first-degree kidnapping, unlawful use of a motor vehicle, and endangering the welfare of a minor.
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