Tucson Police are searching for a suspect who stole a vehicle with a 3-year-old boy inside it.
TPD responded to a call from the 3500 block of E. Glenn just before 7 a.m. According to police, John Ramirez reported that he had just loaded his child in the vehicle, which was stolen when he went back into his home to get his second child.
According to Ramirez, he ran down the street to see which way the vehicle was traveling, flagging down a passing motorist to help him search.
Ramirez said he was on the phone with TPD and told them his daughter was still home by herself, TPD sent an officer to watch the child.
The vehicle was quickly located at Richie and Monte Vista, with the boy still buckled into his safety seat, unharmed, according to police.
"He's really traumatized," said Ramirez about his son Isiah. "His first words were daddy, the guy took your truck."
Tucson Police Sgt. Chris Widmer said cases like these are rare but they have happened in the past.
"Don't leave the car running with or without children involved," said Widmer. "When you have to load up your children, if you can, take them all at the same time."
Child psychologist, Eric Schindler, PhD. says while 3 years old may be a little young, it's also a good idea to talk to your kids about stranger danger once they reach 5.
"Talk to your children about what to do if something bad happens... who do you call?" said Schindler.
Ramirez says it's a mistake that wont ever happen again and he's just glad his son is home safe and sound.
"I really don't care about my car. Vehicles are replaceable. Family isn't," said Ramirez.
The suspect is described as a white male in his 30s, 6'2", with a skinny build and shaved head, according to police.
Those with information on the suspect should call 911.
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