A mother had the terrifying experience of watching her car getting stolen while she was only pumping gas at a station and worse, helplessly look on as her vehicle is driven off with her one-year-old baby inside.
Meghan Holmes said it all happened so fast. She was pumping gas around 7 p.m. on Sunday on a busy BP gas station at Ponce de Leon and Piedmont avenues in midtown Atlanta. Two strangers walked up to her asking for directions. Seconds after, two other suspects drove up in a stolen silver SUV.
As Holmes continued talking with the strangers and getting a bit distracted in the process, one of the guys got off the vehicle and went inside her car and started driving it.
Holmes said at that point all she could do was to scream and cry. She said: “Everything passes in your head. My kid is in a car with a stranger and I have no idea where that car is going. I have no idea what’s going to happen to my kid.”
It was a form of relief for her that the suspects decided to leave her SUV along 5th Street nearby. Police found her son thankfully unharmed.
Holmes has learned some valuable lessons from the horrifying experience. She warns all drivers to lock their cars’ doors while at the pump. She shared: “In seconds, your kid could be gone, your car could be gone, anything that’s possible to drive away.”
It is not clear yet if the suspects decided to leave Holmes’ car when they realized a kid was inside, possibly not to deal with further complexities of kidnapping.
The authorities have arrested one of the suspects, but three others remain on the run.
The police are also asking for the public’s help in getting further information on the whereabouts of the other suspects. Anyone with a lead or tips is requested to call Crime Stoppers at 404-577-8477.
Our son works in Deklab Co. and he runs 6 or 7 GSW's, and as many OD's a week in this area.
Its been 22 years since I used US-78 (Ponce de Leon ) when I was doing IT Security Consulting work downtown at CNN, Sun Trust, Atlanta Gas or GSU.
Today you could not get me in the area now, w/o a Ballistic Vest.