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Baby OK, dad arrested in suspected kidnapping
12:00 AM CDT on Thursday, May 28, 2009
By TANYA EISERER / The Dallas Morning News
A Lewisville man suspected of violently kidnapping his 10-month-old son from the boy's mother's car Wednesday morning was arrested in Old East Dallas after spending eight hours on the run with the child, Dallas police said.
An Amber Alert that had been issued for the baby was canceled Wednesday evening, authorities said.
The father, identified as Manuel Patricio Bolanos, 27, surrendered to police in the 5400 block of Gaston Avenue, police said. The boy had suffered cuts to his face and arms that did not appear to be serious, police said. He was taken to Children's Medical Center Dallas for treatment.
Police planned to charge Bolanos with injury to a child. He also faces charges associated with two warrants out of Waco, police said. Details on those warrants were not available Wednesday evening.
Bolanos rammed the mother's car and smashed out her windows before taking the baby from the car about 11:15 a.m. Wednesday at Regal Row and Stemmons Freeway, authorities said.
According to police, he called the mother and said he was going to kill himself and the child, also named Manuel. The 18-year-old mother, April Thompson, told police that she had recently broken up with the child's father.
Sherry Crawford, the child's grandmother, said that her daughter had been with Bolanos for over two years and had been scared to leave him but that she had finally made the decision to go.
"She's been in an abusive relationship," Crawford said. "He found out that she was leaving."
Thompson, the boy, Crawford and another relative were in a Pontiac on their way to Waco, where the family lives, when Bolanos caught up with them along Interstate 35E, Crawford said.
Bolanos was driving a 1999 Chrysler Concord when he abruptly cut ahead of the Pontiac and caused a rear-end collision, police said.
The driver of the Pontiac fled southbound on Interstate 35E and exited at Regal Row. But Bolanos was able to box in the car at a stoplight, then jumped from his car and smashed the driver's side window, police said. He then ran to the passenger side and broke out the rear window, police said.
The Pontiac's driver was able to get the car clear of Bolanos' vehicle and pulled into a Whataburger parking lot to ask for help, Crawford said. But Bolanos remained in pursuit.
"He pinned us in and pulled the baby over the broken glass and left," Crawford said.
Police said he dragged the child out through the broken rear passenger window, possibly cutting the baby's head on the jagged glass. He then tossed the baby into the front seat of his vehicle before fleeing.