A 7-year-old boy was reunited with his father Thursday evening and his alleged captor arrested on suspicion of carjacking and kidnapping after a confusing scenario played out throughout the afternoon.
Nicky Jace, 25, dropped the child off unharmed at a Los Angeles Police Department station after authorities say he stole his friend’s pickup with the victim’s 7-year-old son inside.
Los Angeles police got the call about a reported kidnapping and carjacking about 3 p.m. at Orange Grove Avenue and Wilshire Boulevard in the Mid-Wilshire neighborhood.
But the boy’s father later told KABC-TV Channel 7 that it was all a misunderstanding and that they were trying to resolve the matter with police.
When the father stopped to get something to eat, the suspect got upset, allegedly attacked the boy’s father and left with the victim’s 2001 gray Chevy Silverado, KABC reported.
Authorities found the truck on Elm Drive in Beverly Hills, but the suspect and boy remained missing until later in the evening.
When a felony crime is committed, police generally make an arrest, regardless of whether the person who originally reported the crime wants to press charges.
The Los Angeles County district attorney’s office will determine whether to charge Jace with a crime.
City News Service contributed to this report.