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Man facing charges after allegedly stealing car with a toddler inside

Anthony Gracia (Source: Tucson Police Department) Anthony Gracia (Source: Tucson Police Department)
TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

A man is in custody and a 2-year-old is back home safe after a kidnapping in Tucson Monday afternoon, city police said.

Sgt. Pete Dugan, spokesman for the Tucson Police Department, said Anthony Gracia has been arrested on charges of kidnapping, child abuse, auto theft and third-degree burglary.

Dugan said the incident began around 1:30 p.m. at an apartment complex in the 1300 block of South Kolb Road.

A woman left her child in an unlocked and still-running vehicle while she went back inside to retrieve a laptop, according to police.

When she came back out, she saw the vehicle driving away with the 2-year-old inside.

The woman called 911 and the stolen vehicle was spotted less than 10 minutes later.

Police said after a short pursuit, Gracia stopped the vehicle and fled the scene.

The 2-year-old was not in the vehicle and the area was shut down and authorities looked for the child.

Less than 10 minutes later, a resident located the child walking alone on 22nd Street.

According to TPD documents, a woman grabbed the 2-year-old as he was about to walk into traffic.

Gracia was found hiding on a roof in the area and was taken into custody, police said.

TPD said Gracia told them he is from Sierra Vista and someone had dropped him off in Tucson.

Dugan said the child's mother will not face any charges. The woman is getting a lot of backlash online but "this is not a bad mom" and shouldn’t be held responsible for the incident.

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