OWENSBORO, Ky. (WFIE) - A man is facing charges after police say he stole a car with a four-year-old inside.
Owensboro police were called to the Eagles Gas Station on Triplett Street just after 10 Monday night on reports of a stolen car.
Eagles manager Jesal Patel warns his gas station is no place for criminals.
“If it happens here, they are going to get caught. It makes people think that they can’t come into this gas station at night because they could get their car stolen and something bad like this could happen, but it’s not like a thing that happens on a regular basis,” said Patel.
Officials say Jacob “Trace” Cameron assaulted the driver before taking the car with the child inside.
About ten minutes later, officers located the car on New Hartford Road and began a chase until it crashed on Legion Park Drive.
Police say the suspect tried to run but was caught by officers.
We’re told a good samaritan found the child abandoned, but unharmed on Breckinridge Street, and brought them to the Owensboro Police Department.
“It’s certainly a scary situation for the family to think that it could’ve gone very differently,” said Andrew Boggess, the Owensboro Police Department public information officer.
Police say Cameron told them he didn’t know the young boy was in the car.
Cameron was taken to the hospital for injuries he suffered in the crash.
He’s facing robbery in the first degree and kidnapping charges, among others.