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A 3-year-old child is safe today, with her grandmother, after an abduction from a gas station Thursday morning. The child was found safe in a car that was abandoned on Armstrong, east of 77th. Grandmother Linda Jones said two persons were seen exiting the car. (Staff photo)
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Police officers examined a vehicle that was abandoned on Armstrong, east of 77th, after it was stolen from a gas station. A 3-year-old child in the car was not hurt. (Staff photo)
A child is safe today after she was in a car that was stolen at the BP gas station at 77th and Parallel Parkway in Kansas City, Kan.
The car was later abandoned in front of the Washington Heights Senior Residence on Armstrong, east of 78th Street.
Grandmother Linda Jones was holding her 3-year-old granddaughter this morning after the incident, and said no one was injured.
A police spokesman said the incident happened about 7:50 a.m. Oct. 18. Officers recovered the vehicle near 77th and Armstrong.
A witness at the gas station saw the car being stolen and followed it to the 7700 block of Armstrong Avenue, where the suspect left the car and child, fleeing the scene, the spokesman said.
Jones said she got a phone call this morning after 8 a.m. about her granddaughter and hurried to the scene. The granddaughter had been inside the car while her mother was at the gas station.
Jones said a Deffenbaugh truck driver saw persons exit the vehicle in front of the Washington Heights Senior Residence. The police spokesman said the suspects fled the area in another vehicle before police arrived.
Suspects were identified as three to four males, 20 to 30 years old. Another vehicle involved in the incident was described as a light color Buick LeSabre with a Missouri license plate, police said.
Anyone with information is asked to call the TIPS hotline at 816-474-TIPS.