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Authorities arrest suspect in kidnapping, double carjacking in Warren County

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Posted at 7:15 PM, Aug 08, 2020

Authorities have arrested the man suspected of carjacking two separate cars and kidnapping two children Saturday morning, according to Ohio State Highway Patrol officials.

Police arrested 21-year-old Bryon Finklea Jr. in Dayton, Ohio on Tuesday.

Officials said OSHP troopers in an airspeed zone on I-75 in Franklin Township spotted a 2020 Kia Niro driving 100 mph on the highway. When police attempted to pull Finklea over, he fled.

Finklea then allegedly led police from I-75 to SR-63 in Monroe, with the traffic plane also in pursuit. Police said he pulled into the parking lot of a Kroger location in Monroe, where a female passenger was let out of the car.

Police said Finklea then fled, heading east on SR-63 before the Kia Niro became disabled near Gateway Boulevard in Turtle Creek Township. Finklea then left the Kia and carjacked a 2013 Chevrolet Malibu, with two children in the back seat.

Police said OSHP troopers from two posts, alongside Warren County Sheriff's deputies, then chased the Malibu, which eventually came to a stop at U.S. 42 and SR-63 in Lebanon, where one of the children was able to escape. Finklea then allegedly fled, with the second child still in the car.

Officers said they followed Finklea to Mason, where the second child was able to get out of the car. The Malibu then continued to flee, until it crashed on Tylersville Road in West Chester.

Police said Finklea then fled the Malibu and carjacked a second vehicle, a 2008 Ford Edge, being driven by a 16-year-old, before fleeing north on I-75.

Springboro Police spotted Finklea in the Ford and gave chase, before abandoning the pursuit because of traffic conditions and high speeds. Police said they found the Ford in a residential neighborhood in Dayton later in the day, but did not find Finklea.

Finklea is being held at the Montgomery County Jail for unrelated local charges. He will be transferred to the Warren County Jail to be arraigned on kidnapping, robbery and fleeing and eluding charges in the Franklin Municipal Court.

Watch: OSHP dashcam footage of the incidents: