A Utah man has been arrested after flagging down a police officer to report he had stolen a car with a child inside, authorities said.
Francisco Esmerado, 23, is accused of stealing a car outside a motel near Salt Lake City International Airport at 3:42 a.m. Monday, police told KSTU-TV.
But he wasn’t alone. When the car’s driver had gone inside the motel to register, she apparently left her 12-year-old son in the back seat, police told the station.
Esmerado allegedly pulled onto Interstate 80 and shortly thereafter got the attention of a cop to surrender and return the child, KSL-TV reported.
Police said Esmerado said he was “trying to get away,” but didn’t specify from whom or what.
He was charged with first-degree felony kidnapping, second-degree felony theft of a motor vehicle and third-degree violation of probation, online records show.
He was being held at the Salt Lake County jail on $25,000 bond.