GARLAND, Texas — A man and woman were arrested yesterday after abducting a child during a vehicle theft in north Texas.
The one-year-old child, according to police, was left unattended in a running 2015 Mitsubishi Outlander while her mother went inside a convenience store.
At approximately 11 a.m., on Saturday, March 11, 2020, the Garland Police Department responded to the report of the abducted child and vehicle theft at a convenience store in the 4400 block of Bass Pro Drive. There, the woman reported going in the store and, when she returned outside, her child and vehicle were gone.
"Surveillance video showed the mother parking the vehicle and going inside the store," stated the Garland Police Department. "Within moments, a heavyset black female, wearing a maroon Texas A&M hoodie, black pants, and slip-on shoes, entered the Outlander and fled the scene with the child."
"The female was seen driving around the building, picking up a skinny black male, wearing a grey windbreaker style jacket with hoodie, dark sweat pants, and white tennis shoes," stated the department. "It is believed the female and the male were working together in conjunction with the crime."
The Outlander was being financed and had a tracking device installed — allowing police to locate the vehicle at the Forest Lane Station Park and Ride in the 8200 block of Forest Lane in Dallas, Texas.
The child was found inside the vehicle unharmed, according to police.
DART Police were notified, reviewed surveillance footage, and located the two suspects at the LBJ/Central Station in the 8900 block of Markville. Both were taken into custody without further incident.
Police say the keys to the Outlander were still in the possession of the female, who was identified as 20-year-old Alexya Tacole Cridell. The man was identified as 19-year-old Anthony Smith. Both were charged with aggravated kidnapping. Bond information was not available at the time of press.