Police search for child abduction suspect

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- Knoxville Police are still searching for a man who they say stole a car from a Weigel's convenience store with an infant in the back seat.

Police found the missing four-month-old in a car at a McDonald's parking lot. They say he was safe and sleeping in the back seat. He has been checked and released from Children's Hospital.

Investigators are now searching for a suspect in a Chevrolet Cavalier.


Knoxville Police have found a missing 4-month old in a McDonald's parking lot. They say he was safe and sleeping in the back seat. The McDonald's is located at 10708 Hardin Valley Road, West of Pellissippi Parkway. The infant has been taken to a local hospital to get checked out, as a standard procedure.

The child first went missing near Merchants and Tillery Road around 6:30 Friday morning. Police say the driver had gone inside a Weigels Convenience Store, leaving the infant in the back seat of the car. Another person then got in and stole the car.

Police are still searching for that suspect. Officers are looking for him on or near the Hardin Valley campus of Pellissippi Community College. They say he is a white man, 57-years-old, weighing about 150lbs. He has blond hair with goatee, black pants and shirt. If you see the suspect, call 911 immediately. Be alert of your surroundings when entering or exiting your vehicle.

Police say the vehicle is a black Dodge Neon. It has a broken side view mirror on the passenger side. It has a Tennessee license plate, G0892U.

Police are still looking for the person who took the vehicle. Dispatch confirms with Local 8 News the vehicle was spotted by a person who then called 911.


KPD releases still of suspect from Weigel's security cam footage.
KPD says this is suspect's vehicle
Photo from Allie Spillyards at the command center during search for stolen car with infant inside
Photo from Allie Spillyards at the McDonald's on Hardin Valley Rd of the Dodge Neon.


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