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Man charged with kidnapping in car theft case

Linzey Woods is charged with kidnapping and auto theft
Linzey Woods is charged with kidnapping and auto theft(WPTA)
Published: Dec. 17, 2021 at 9:03 PM EST
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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WPTA) - A man has been charged with kidnapping and auto theft after prosecutors said he stole a car with a baby in the back seat.

On November 22, prosecutors allege Linzey Woods stole a Ford Fusion from the Phillips 66 gas station at Washington and Broadway. An eight-month-old boy was in the back seat. His mother was inside the convenience store. The boy’s worried father talked to our reporter that night.

“Somebody stole our car and kidnapped our son,” said the boy’s father who had just arrived after hearing what happened. He clutched a cigarette as he tried to calm his nerves. If my kid is hurt, whoever did it is dead,” he told our reporter.

While the parents were contemplating what had happened, police were fanning out to find the car. State police were called in to assist.

Within 30 minutes police received a tip from employees at a gas station on Sherman Boulevard near West State. Someone had hastily placed a car seat carrying a baby on the ground near the building. The suspect ran.

Minutes later, the parents were reunited with their baby son. He was unharmed.

Woods is scheduled to be in court on Monday, December 12.

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