A teenager is accused of kidnapping a food delivery driver’s infant son in Southern Pines.
Police say the 14-year-old suspect was charged Wednesday with first-degree kidnapping and theft of a motor vehicle. The charges stem from a larceny reported Friday evening at Timberlane Apartments on Murray Hill Road.
According to the Southern Pines Police Department, a driver for the food delivery app DoorDash went to the apartment complex shortly after 9 p.m. to drop off an order. In a news release, the police department said the woman “reported observing an unusual number of people in the area when she arrived to make the delivery.”
Police said the woman, whose name has not been released, left the engine running in her Toyota RAV4, where her 1-year-old son was strapped in a car seat. The boy, dressed in what authorities initially described as a “Fourth-of-July onesie,” was still inside the unlocked SUV when a male suspect was seen entering the vehicle.
The child was found about an hour later in the stolen vehicle, which had been abandoned on nearby South Gaines Street. Police said the boy was “unharmed and promptly reunited with his mother.”
The teenage suspect was arrested in Aberdeen, the news release said. Law enforcement agencies in North Carolina are not required to share identifying information about any criminal suspect younger than 16.
DoorDash uses contract workers to deliver takeout orders to customers. The service was made available earlier this year to Southern Pines residents.