CLAYTON COUNTY, Ga. - Police in Clayton County said they have arrested one of the three car thieves who hit a daycare parking lot on Tuesday morning. Investigators said a child was kidnapped in one of those stolen cars. The whole incident was caught on camera and police are still searching for two more suspects.
Jaiden Demons Chatman, 17, was at the Trestletree Apartment located in the 900 block of Confederate Avenue SE in Atlanta, according to police. Investigators said they were able to track one of the stolen vehicle’s GPS tracking device to the location. That’s when officers with the Atlanta and Clayton Police as well as troopers with the Georgia State Patrol said they found Chatman sitting in the stolen Chrysler 300, he was still wearing the same clothing as seen in surveillance video captured at the daycare, according to police.
Chatman refused to speak or cooperate with investigators, according to police. Atlanta Police charged him with theft by receiving and Clayton County detectives said they have obtained a warrant for theft by taking a motor vehicle. No kidnapping charges have been filed yet against Chatman, according to police.
A mugshot of Chatman was not available Wednesday as police said his image is being used in the investigation.
The two other suspects remain unnamed and at large as of Wednesday evening.
"That's scary. That is so scary. How old was the little boy? 6, Oh my God," one of the grandparents exclaimed.
Late Tuesday night, Clayton County Police released surveillance video that shows a silver Nissan Altima entering Childcare Network Daycare on West Fayetteville Road just before 7:30 a.m. Tuesday. A guy can be seen jumping out of the passenger seat and into a Chrysler 300 that was left unlocked and running.
Clayton County Police released surveillance video that shows a silver Nissan Altima entering Childcare Network Daycare on West Fayetteville Road just before 7:30 a.m. Tuesday. A guy, who police said they now believe was Chatman, can be seen jumping out of the passenger seat and into a Chrysler 300 that was left unlocked and running.
Seconds later, the Nissan and Chrysler drove away, but the Nissan stopped and another guy jumped out and got into a Hyundai Santa Fe, which also had been left running and unattended.
In the back seat of the Santa Fe was a 6-year-old boy. It took less than a minute for all three vehicles to pull out of the parking lot.
In the video, the boy's mom can be seen coming out of the daycare right as the SUV with her son inside speeds away. Luckily, the child was reunited with his mother five minutes later when he walked back to the lot, unharmed.
Not long after, police found the Santa Fe, which had been ditched less than a mile away at the intersection of East Fayetteville Road and Evans Drive.
Police are asking anyone who may be able to identify the suspects to call Crime Stoppers at 404-577-8477. The suspects are likely faces charges of kidnapping, entering auto and motor vehicle theft.