Family vehicle stolen from gas station by four men – with sleeping 4-year-old child still inside

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ST. LOUIS, MO –  A family has been reunited with their child after a vehicle was stolen during the early morning hours of June 22nd that held a 4-year-old boy still inside of the car.  However, the time in which the family was separated instilled the kind of dread that no family wishes to experience. 

Authorities say that 4-year-old Diontre Evans was with his father when he pulled into the Moto Mart gas station on Riverview Drive in North St. Louis at 12:30 a.m., when suddenly things went terribly awry.

The father made his way into the gas station while the child was said to be sleeping in the backseat of the car. Shortly after the father exited the vehicle, four men reportedly hopped into the father’s Pontiac and drove away while the child was still inside the car.

One witness to the carjacking noted that the four suspects were waiting inside of a separate vehicle, when one of the men exited the car and appeared like he was heading into the store:

“One of the guys got out of the backseat with a powder blue hoodie on and white jeans walked up like he was going into the store.

As I was backing up, the car took off. He hopped on the highway. The man came screaming out of the store that they stole his car.”

Jacqueline Jackson, the grandmother of Diontre, stated the following while her grandson and the vehicle were still missing:

“Please have a heart and drop him off at the gas station or somewhere, just please, because I know he’s crying. He’s going to continue. He’s not going to stop until he gets to his momma because that’s how he is, please.”

At around 4:00 a.m., hours after the carjacking and abduction, the vehicle was reportedly located roughly five miles up the road from the gas station. Reports indicate that the young child was not harmed.

There’s been no additional information released on the case or if any suspects have been identified or detained. Please follow Law Enforcement Today to get the latest updates on this investigation. 

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In other investigations related to carjackings, police in Michigan are currently on the hunt for a suspect that reportedly shot someone simply trying to help. 

Authorities in Detroit are actively searching for a suspect whom they say shot a man prior to stealing the victim’s car. Police say that the victim was actually giving the suspect a ride willingly, when he was later shot and had his car stolen.  

According to police, the unidentified 38-year-old victim was within the Asbury Park and Thatcher Street area at approximately 9:00 a.m. on June 18th when the incident occurred.

The suspect was said to have approached the male victim and asked him if he could give him a ride to his vehicle that was located a few blocks down on Ferguson Street.

The victim reportedly obliged the request, and the suspect joined him inside of his white 2004 Chevy Express van.

When the victim arrived at the area of Ferguson and Pickford Street, that’s when the suspect reportedly produced a gun and shot at the victim several times. Amazingly, the victim was able to escape from inside the vehicle with non-life-threatening injuries.

However, after the shooting, the suspect reportedly drove off with the victim’s van.

Detroit man gives a ride to a man who ends up shooting him, stealing his car and getting away
Detroit shooting and carjacking suspect – Detroit Police

Police are now asking for the public’s assistance in identifying the man they believe to be responsible.

A photo of the suspect has been provided by authorities, and they ask that anyone with information on his whereabouts or identity to please call The Detroit Police Department’s Commercial Auto Theft Unit at (313) 596-2555 or Crimestoppers at 1-800-Speak-Up.

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