Police searching for a kidnapped infant in Indiana found him at a restaurant, moments after they had given up searching.
Five month-old twins Kyair and Kason Thomas went missing last week. Police found Kyair hours later, outside the Dayton International Airport in Ohio. Police in Indianapolis spent most of Thursday searching for the car that Kason was believed to be in; officers gave up the search late Thursday afternoon and stopped at a local restaurant to eat. Right then and there, officers found the car and the boy.
“We stopped to decompress and talk about the day and what happen to Kason so as parents we understand,” Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Officer Shawn Anderson told local news station WISH-TV. “It was time for us to decompress because we were disappointed that we could not find him and then God opened up the heavens to us and almost took him and put him right in our hands.”
According to WISH, the two officers stopped searching for the day and stopped to eat at a restaurant. Across the parking lot from the restaurant at a Papa John’s pizzeria, the officers spotted the black Honda Accord the kidnapper had used to steal the infant. An employee of the Papa John’s noticed the car sitting in the parking lot, but said that abandoned cars are fairly common so he thought nothing of it. “Fortunately, they found a baby in the car that had been sitting there for a few days,” the employee said. “Thank God he was OK.”
The employee also said that he saw the suspect on Tuesday when she inquired about a job. “She came in Tuesday morning probably around 8 o’ clock and was asking about bus passes and asking if we were hiring. I didn’t think too much about it. She was here for about 20 minutes and left and walked right past the car, and I didn’t see her again.”
Kason and Kyair were kidnapped on Monday. Their mother, Wilhelmina, was picking up a DoorDash order from Donato’s Pizza in the Short North neighborhood of Columbus, Ohio. She left the car running while she picked up the order.
The suspect, later identified as Nalah Jackson, reportedly left the restaurant out a side door, got into the running car, and sped away with the twins still inside. According to police, Jackson is homeless and had a previous criminal record that included theft, receiving stolen property, interference with custody, and endangering children.
Kyair was found in the pre-dawn hours Tuesday morning. A traveler walking around the economy parking lot at Dayton International Airport, nearly an hour’s drive away from Columbus, around 4:15 A.M. Tuesday, when he heard a baby crying. He found Kyair Thomas in a car seat, wrapped in a quilt, in the lot. The traveler called 911, and police arrived on scene and took charge of the infant. He has since been reunited with his parents.
Jackson was charged with two counts of kidnapping by the Franklin County court on Tuesday, and a warrant was issued for her arrest. She was arrested on Wednesday. According to WISH, she faces charges in Ohio, and federal charges for taking Kason Thomas across state lines.