Boy kid­napped from UD found in Philly

The Ambler Gazette - - FRONT PAGE - By Linda Finarelli

A 2-year-old boy who was kid­napped from an Up­per Dublin apart­ment com­plex around 10 p.m. Tues­day night af­ter his fa­ther was as­saulted was found un­harmed around 4 a.m. Wed­nes­day in Philadel­phia, but the rea­son for the kid­nap­ping and who was in­volved is still un­known.

“This was not a ran­dom crime of op­por­tu­nity,” Up­per Dublin po­lice Deputy Chief Lee Ben­son said Wed­nes­day morn­ing. “We think he [the fa­ther] was tar­geted, though there is no good, solid idea of why.”

Up­per Dublin po­lice re­ceived a call from Mont­gomery County 911 of a kid­nap­ping and as­sault at the Woods Apart­ments on Susque­hanna Road in the Ambler sec­tion of the town­ship, po­lice said.

A male res­i­dent of the apart­ment com­plex had ar­rived home with his son in a rented Chrysler 300 and started walk­ing with the boy across the park­ing lot when he heard foot­steps and turned to see three masked men rush­ing him, Ben­son said.

“He picked up the child and they tack­led him and they fought on the ground for the child,” Ben­son said.

The as­sailants, at least one of whom had a gun, punched and kicked the fa­ther of the boy, who lost the strug­gle over the child, and they got the car keys off him and took off in the Chrysler with the boy, he said.

An Am­ber Alert was is­sued im­me­di­ately and an ex­ten­sive in­ves­ti­ga­tion was launched in­volv­ing Up­per Dublin and Philadel­phia po­lice and the FBI, po­lice said. The alert, is- sued by the state po­lice, sought three black males in the Chrysler 300 and 2-year-old Tymire Dior Smith.

Around 4:10 a.m., Philadel­phia po­lice found the child alone on the street at 66th and Malvern in the Over­brook sec­tion of the city and he was taken to Chil­dren’s Hospi­tal of Philadel­phia for a med­i­cal eval­u­a­tion, po­lice said.

Ben­son said the boy was not injured, but was “a lit­tle banged up from be­ing fought over.” The boy’s

mother lives in Philadel­phia, Ben­son said, but he did not know where.

A 3hLODGHOShLD RI­fiFHU was scour­ing the area due to a re­cent kid­nap­ping in the same gen­eral area, Ben­son said.

A 24-year-old woman was ab­ducted from a home in the 900 block of North 66th Street by three masked men be­fore 6 a.m. Aug. 29 and taken to an aban­doned home, where she was able to get away, ac­cord­ing to me­dia re­ports. Those kid­nap­pers had also stolen a ve­hi­cle from the fam­ily at the scene.

The rental car taken in Tues­day night’s kid­nap­ping, which had not yet been re­cov­ered, was de­scribed as a dark-col­ored Chrysler 300, with PA liFHnsH HY- 6836.

Ben­son said the boy and his fa­ther were re­turn­ing home from some­where in Philadel­phia Tues­day night when they were am­bushed at the apart­ment FRPSOHx. 7hH IDWhHU wDs co­op­er­a­tive and spent the night speak­ing with the po­lice, but as yet a rea­son for the kid­nap­ping was un­known, Ben­son said.

Any­one with in­for­ma­tion is asked to call Up­per Dublin po­lice at 215-6462100.

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