Man arrested for stealing car with toddler inside

Man arrested for stealing car with toddler inside

NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - New Orleans police arrested a man they say stole a car from a gas station with a 1-year-old girl inside.

Dejaun Gradley, 19, was booked Monday with simple kidnapping and auto theft.

On Nov. 27, police say a 30-year-old woman went inside the Chevron station in the 3400 block of Franklin Avenue to pay for gas, and left the child inside with the car running. Investigators say as the victim walked back to the car, she saw Gradley pulling off in her 2007 Nissan Murano.

Police say surveillance video showed Gradley and an unknown female walking out of the store and then showed Gradley getting into the Murano and taking off.

The female suspect remains unknown and at large.

Gradley was already in jail for an unrelated probation violation.

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