UPDATE: Police make an arrest after 2-year-old who was inside stolen vehicle found safe

KSTP
Updated: March 01, 2021 06:14 PM
Created: February 28, 2021 09:53 PM

UPDATE: The missing child has been found safe, according to Minneapolis police spokesman John Elder, and the suspect vehicle has been located.

Police did not disclose where they found the girl.

Meanwhile, police said they also located the stolen 2003 Honda Pilot. A 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS photographer was there when they towed it away on Prosperity Avenue in St. Paul just north of Maryland Avenue East.

St. Paul Police say Sunday night several people called 911 to report seeing the Honda Pilot from the Amber Alert on Prosperity Avenue in St. Paul. 

Officers found the stolen vehicle and arrested 33-year-old Erick Woods. 

Woods has been booked into Hennepin County Jail on suspicion of kidnapping. 

Police say the girl was not inside the vehicle, she was found safe after being dropped off in Minneapolis. 

5 EYEWITNESS NEWS was there when police towed the stolen Honda Pilot away on Prosperity Avenue in St. Paul. | KSTP/ Chris Knoll 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS was there when police towed the stolen Honda Pilot away on Prosperity Avenue in St. Paul. | KSTP/ Chris Knoll

An earlier version of this report appears below.


An Amber Alert was issued Sunday night after a suspect stole a car with a 2-year-old child still inside in northeast Minneapolis.

According to the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, the suspect vehicle is a beige 2003 Honda Pilot with Minnesota license plate FWH585 and a large dent on the left side near the gas tank. The vehicle was stolen from the Rusty Taco on the 500 block of East Hennepin Avenue around 8:40 p.m.

UPDATE: Police make an arrest after 2-year-old who was inside stolen vehicle found safe | Tim Zelenak/KSTP UPDATE: Police make an arrest after 2-year-old who was inside stolen vehicle found safe | Tim Zelenak/KSTP

The BCA described the 2-year-old as a mixed-race girl with black curly hair in pigtails who is 3 feet tall and weighs 45 pounds. She was last seen wearing a pink and yellow jacket, black stretch pants and pink shoes.

The suspect is a Black male last seen wearing a black jacket and gray pants.

Anyone with information is asked to call 911.


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