Man steals car in Providence with 3-year-old girl inside, police say

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) — Providence police said a 50-year-old man stole a car with a 3-year-old girl inside Tuesday.

The incident happened at about 9:30 p.m. at the Fernandez Liquors on Broad Street.

According to police, the mother of the child told officers that she left her gray Honda Accord running outside the store with the 3-year-old daughter inside.

“When she exited the store, she observed her vehicle and daughter missing,” police told ABC 6.

A short time later, police said, a witness told officers that a man left a car in front of the Omni Hotel. There, police found the abandoned Honda with the girl inside unharmed.

Police said witnesses described the suspect as a Hispanic man who was last seen wearing black Shearling coat, dark blue jeans, and a black hat.

“While canvassing the entry point of the Omni Hotel, where witness described the suspect entered, it was determined from surveillance that the suspect fled the building and was fleeing on foot,” said police.

Soon after, police spotted a man matching the description in the area of Charles and Silver Spring streets.

That’s where police saw Osvaldo Vasquez enter a Rhode Island Public Transit Authority bus while holding a “Jetson” Rumble all-terrain jetkart and hoverboard.

Authorities said they approached the bus near the intersection of Charles and Amboy streets as it came to a stop.

“Vasquez was observed exiting the bus and upon making eye contact with police,” said police.

The 50-year-old then started to run away from officers but was ultimately apprehended near the intersection of Charles and Luke streets, said police.

Vasquez was charged with one count of possession of a stolen motor vehicle. He’s scheduled to face a Providence District Court judge Wednesday.

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