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Parents track kidnapper suspect, confront him at mall

The child was found and returned unharmed.Mario Andrews Arrested

Vancouver, Washington (coin) — A month-old child who was allegedly kidnapped in a stolen car was returned safely to his parents early Saturday morning.

This father, John, saw his toddler kidnapped when his car was stolen — then confronted suspect at Vancouver Mall on April 8, 2023 (KOIN)

The alleged car theft and kidnapping occurred just before 8am on Saturday in front of the hotel. happy juice, a smoothie and coffee stand in Vancouver, Washington. The baby’s parents, John and Ashley, own the business and started getting ready for the day around 7:45 am.

“I turned away for just a second and he took advantage of that time to run and jump into the driver’s seat in my car door,” John said.

John said he was just a few feet away from the car and could still see his son. He said he began pleading with the man to return his child.

“I said, ‘My son is there, give me my son.’ Take my car, just give me my son.” he jumped in and drove. “

Happy Juice Coffee Stand, 1501 NE Vancouver, April 8th 99th 2023 (KOIN)
Happy Juice Coffee Stand, 1501 NE Vancouver, April 8th 99th 2023 (KOIN)

Agents for the Clark County Sheriff’s Office responded quickly to the family’s 911 call. John said the car was found 15 minutes later and abandoned near NE 88th and Highway 99.

The infant was still in the back seat and was unharmed. But the suspect, identified by law enforcement as Mario Dorian Andrews, was nowhere to be found.

Later that day, John and Ashley notice that someone is trying to use their credit card at the Vancouver Mall.

“He started using our business cards. Ashley was like, ‘Well, let’s just leave it there. Let’s see where it goes,'” John said.

They tracked down purchases at Victoria’s Secret and Footlocker and found Andrews on JCPenney. John confronted the suspect and said he held him down until authorities arrived and arrested him.

Andrews was held in Clark County Jail on suspicion of kidnapping, auto theft, reckless endangerment, possession of a stolen vehicle, and trying to escape a previous incident in Vancouver.

Records show that a suspect matching Andrews’ name and age was convicted of child abuse in 2005.

This month-old baby was in the backseat of her Audi when it was stolen in Vancouver, but was quickly found unharmed April 8, 2023 (KOIN)
This month-old baby was in the backseat of her Audi when it was stolen in Vancouver, but was quickly found unharmed April 8, 2023 (KOIN)

That heightened their fear, John said.

“It was a big concern,” he said. “It’s more terrifying. It shows that you really can’t trust people these days. It’s really hard because we want to trust everyone and we want to give people the benefit of the doubt and assume positive intentions.” Because, inevitably, it’s not the world we live in.”

Despite the horrific turn of events, John said his family was grateful for the swift action of law enforcement and most importantly for the safe return of their son.

“It was surreal. You know that crazy thought went through your head, and today it definitely happened.”

https://www.mystateline.com/news/parents-track-down-kidnapping-suspect-tackle-him-in-the-mall/ Parents track kidnapper suspect, confront him at mall

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