WARREN COUNTY, Ohio -- A vigilant motorist helped authorities find a 4-year-old boy who was abducted hours earlier from his home in Sandusky, Ohio, the Journal-News reports.
Police there said Jennifer Hemchak forcibly removed Q’Dai Hemchak from a vehicle and sped away with him in a white 2015 Hyundai Sonata with Florida license plates.
Shortly after a statewide Amber Alert was issued Friday night that described the vehicle, plate number and provided photos of the Hemchaks to mobile phones, a 911 caller reported spotting a car that matched the description.
“If it wasn’t for the fact that the caller, regular citizen with a cellphone, called in, we probably wouldn’t have been able to locate that car, if not as quick or at all, if we hadn’t had that help from that citizen,” Sgt. Tom Bloomberg of the Ohio State Highway Patrol’s Lebanon Post said.
Jennifer Hemchaks was arrested after she was found at 8:30 p.m. riding in the car on southbound Interstate 75 in Monroe in Warren County. Tamara Montalvo, 37, also was arrested.
Both were booked into the Warren County Jail.
Jennifer Hemchak's 12-year-old daughter also was in the car and was taken to the Lebanon Post to be reunited with her father, troopers said.
As for Q'Dai, he was taken to Erie County Children Services and his father was notified, according to the highway patrol.
The Journal-News is a media partner of WCPO.