BRIGHTON, Colo. - A 4-year-old boy has been reunited with his mother after a carjacking, kidnapping and high-speed chase that spanned from Longmont to Douglas County.
Marta Rodriguez left her pajama-clad son in a running red Ford Edge at a Bradley gas station at 1750 Main St. in Longmont just after 6 a.m., police said.
"I ran in real quick. I was there probably 2 minutes or something," Rodriguez told 7NEWS through a Spanish translator. "When I came back out, the car was not there anymore."
"She just parked outside the business and walked in and the guy jumped in the car. So, we're talking maybe 15 or 20 feet," said Jeff Satur with the Longmont Police Department.
Police spotted the suspected vehicle and started pursuing him around 7:15 a.m. During the police pursuit the suspect abandoned the red SUV with the boy inside and then carjacked a gold minivan.
The boy, Allan Rodriguez, was checked by medical personnel and was reunited with his parents at the Brighton police station, Satur said.
The boy was asked if he was scared and whether the suspect talked to him. The boy said the suspect did not speak and it felt like they were "flying."
"My son was scared and was crying in the car," Rodriguez said.
7NEWS reporter Lindsey Sablan asked how his mother was feeling after being reunited with her son.
"A lot of joy. I was glad when I saw my son. Often there are kids who are never found when they’re taken and I thought I would never see him again," Rodriguez said. "I want to thank the police for helping me find my son."
Satur said she will not face any charges for leaving her son in a running vehicle.
"She had a very rough day, the worst day that could ever happen to a mother -- to watch your car with your child get stolen right in front of you," Satur said. "We're talking very short distances. It is not like she left her kid in the car for hours on end."