Police: Florida mom, baby rescued after kidnapper crashes vehicle into ditch

Police were led on a chase by a man who allegedly kidnapped a woman and her baby.

ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. — A frightening scene unfolded in a Central Florida neighborhood Sunday as people watched a man allegedly force a woman and a baby into a car.

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That man was arrested after police said he kidnapped his girlfriend and their baby around 2:30 p.m. in Orange County, then led officers on a chase.

Orlando police said the chase began in the Carver Shores neighborhood and ended at South Street and Rogers Street, where the man crashed the car.

A witness in the area saw the man get out of the car and believed he was surrendering, but instead he ran from police.

Video the witness shot shows police and medics responding to the incident.

Investigators said a witness saw the man grab his girlfriend by the hair and pull her into a car as she tried to escape several times.

The man then allegedly sped off with her and their 1-year-old in the back seat.

The car was later found by the Orange County Sheriff's Office helicopter.

The man drove off again before he crashed into a ditch.

“They were asking him to get out of the car with his hands up,” said a witness, who did not want to be identified. “He proceeded to get out of the car, seemed like he was going to put his hands up and then next thing we knew, he took off through the neighborhood.”

Police caught up to the man later and arrested him.

Officers said the woman and child were not hurt.