Off-Duty Officer Helps Track Down Carjacking Suspect

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VALLEY VIEW, Ohio-- A 28-year-old woman took police on a wild ride after authorities say she stole a car with a child inside.

Police say it happened around 2 p.m. near Woodhill and Sophia in Cleveland.

According to Saunta Jones, the suspect appeared distressed, so he decided to check on her.

“It seemed like she was disoriented and needed help or something like that,” he recalls. “When I got out of the vehicle to approach her and ask if she was okay, she mumbled a few things and then she came around me and just jumped into the vehicle and took off."

He said he was in complete shock. She had just stolen his car with his eight-year-old cousin still in the back seat. Fearing for the boy’s safety, he immediately called 911.

Police quickly put out a radio call with the vehicle description.

Cleveland Officer Dylan Demas, who was off duty at the time and happened to have his portable radio with him, heard it and realized he was right near the car.

"The vehicle had real foggy windows and that drew my attention immediately. Also, the male whose car was stolen from him had mentioned his daughter was in the Navy I believe, and had a bumper sticker on the back. As the suspect turned and I looked in my rear view mirror, I noticed the bumper sticker," he said.

He followed the car briefly until officers in marked cruisers could take over. The chase didn’t last very long and ended in Valley View. The car got pretty banged up along the way. Luckily, the boy wasn’t hurt. He’s just a bit shaken up.

Police had to use taser on the suspect because she was resisting arrest. Her name is not being released at this time.

As for Jones, he’s just happy his cousin is okay.

“He's eight years old. He should have never been involved in something like this whatsoever. So, whatever the law hands out to her, I'm glad it'll fit the crime,” he said.

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