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MPD: Car stolen with baby inside in Southeast

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The stolen car and baby were located on Rail Street in Capitol Heights. (Photo: Prince George's Police)

The search continues for a suspect that police say stole a car from a Southeast D.C. home on Tuesday morning while an infant sat in the back.

Despite the entire ordeal lasting just about 45 minutes, it felt like an eternity for the Jessup family while authorities from both the District and Prince George's County searched for their youngest son, Theone.

The incident began at about 7:30 a.m., when Cedrick Jessup's wife was getting her older son ready for school at their home in the 3800 block of Suitland Road in Southeast.

His wife had started the car, opened the garage door and placed 5-month-old Theone in the backseat. She turned around to open the kitchen door to get her older son when the suspect entered the garage.

"My wife wasn't even inside the house...she was just at the door when she heard the car door slam behind her," Jessup said. "She turned around and the guy was already peeling out of the garage."

From there, the frantic search was on. Jessup quickly called D.C. police, who issued an Amber Alert for the boy. Meanwhile, authorities put out a lookout for the stolen 2007 Acura SUV with Oklahoma plates. Since the incident took place just blocks from the Prince George's County line, their police officers were called in as well.

About 45 minutes later, a Prince George's County officer noticed the vehicle about a mile away, with its engine still running, in the 4200 block of Rail Street, just across the D.C. line in Capitol Heights. Theone was still in the backseat unharmed.

"God be the glory for that everybody's safe," Jessup said. "(The) baby's safe and the family's safe."

Theone was quickly reunited with his parents, who recently moved to the area from Oklahoma so that Cedrick, a Navy lieutenant commander, could begin work at the Pentagon.

However, the suspect is still missing, and despite his relief, Cedrick wants the suspect in custody.

"I really hope they catch the guy," he said.

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