Two men kidnapped a 1-year-old boy from his stroller Saturday afternoon in suburban Atlanta, sparking an AMBER Alert and a search that ended with state troopers spotted the kidnappers’ vehicle in west Georgia and stopped it.
The boy, Mateo Alejandro Montufar-Barrera, was unharmed and reunited with his mother at the Chamblee Police Department, and the two men are in the Carroll County jail, according to WSB.
The harrowing story began shortly after noon when Mateo’s mother, who has not been identified, was out for a walk in her neighborhood in Chamblee, just northeast of Atlanta. She was just a few houses away from her apartment when a man got out of a maroon 2003 Acura MDX and pointed a gun at her, as CrimeOnline previously reported.
The mother fought back, grabbing the man’s gun, Chamblee police said, and trying to shoot him, but the gun misfired. She grappled with him, ripping part of his plaid shorts off and grabbing a shoe. As she struggled with the first suspect, the second got out of the Acura’s passenger side and grabbed little Mateo. The first suspect jumped back in the vehicle, and the pair sped off toward Interstate 85.
Mother of 1-year old Mateo Alejandro Montufar-Barrera put up a fight and was able to grab a piece of suspect's shorts and his shoe. If you recognize them call @ChambleePd 770-986-5005. pic.twitter.com/ntMtE6isff
— FBI Atlanta (@FBIAtlanta) August 29, 2020
The Georgia Bureau of Investigation activated a Levi’s Call, Georgia’s version of an AMBER Alert, and the FBI activated an AMBER Alert outside the state, Fox5Atlanta said.
The Aunt of 1-year-old Mateo Alejandro Montufar-Barrera describes what happened right after the kidnapping.
— Brooke Zauner (@BrookeZaunerTV) August 29, 2020
A Georgia State Patrol trooper spotted the Acura in Carroll County, about 60 miles southwest of Atlanta, at about 5 p.m. and stopped the vehicle.
The suspects, both Hispanic men in their mid-20s, will remain in custody in Carroll County for the time being, according to police, who did not provide further details..
The Georgia Bureau of Investigation will handle the investigation from this point.
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[Featured image: Chamblee Police Department]