Car stolen from Fort Lauderdale gas station with baby inside

Baby found safe after suspect ditched car, took off on foot

A car was stolen with a baby still inside on Monday in Broward County.

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – A car was stolen with a baby still inside on Monday in Broward County.

The 2-year-old girl has since been recovered and reunited with her parents.

According to Fort Lauderdale police, the baby was in the back seat of a maroon Honda Accord when it was stolen from a Chevron gas station located at 1095 West Sunrise Boulevard.

Surveillance video shows the suspect wearing a blue basketball jersey and dark-colored pants inside the store when the baby’s mother came inside.

The suspect then walked out of the gas station and went straight to the victim’s car, getting inside and taking off. The child’s mother saw what happened and chased after the car, as did a good Samaritan who was there at the time.

“She said, Somebody stole my car with my baby in it,’” said Demerian Hudson, who joined the child’s mother giving chase to the stolen vehicle.

Police said the suspect bailed out of the car about a mile away.

The suspect was seen by Hudson running away with something in his hand before jumping over a fence.

“When we got to the car, the car seat was flipped over. The baby was under the car seat, crying,” said Hudson. “The only thing that matters is she got the kid back. That’s all that matters.”

A car was stolen from a Fort Lauderdale gas station with a baby inside. (WPLG)

Authorities did not provide any information regarding a description of the suspect, but a large perimeter was set up in the area around where the car was ditched.

Officers were also seen dusting the stolen vehicle for fingerprints.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Broward Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS.

About the Author:

Bridgette Matter joined the Local 10 News team as a reporter in July 2021. Before moving to South Florida, she began her career in South Bend, Indiana and spent six years in Jacksonville as a reporter and weekend anchor.