A 1-year-old Georgia woman was kidnapped in a carjacking when her mother received out of the car to ship a DoorDash order — in what authorities now consider was a setup to take off with the car.
Royalty Grisby was within the backseat about 2 a.m. Thursday as her mom, who was working as a DoorDash driver, dropped off the meals at a house in Stone Mountain and left the car working, The Atlanta Journal-Structure reported.
Her mom, Elizabeth Grisby, then heard a door slam and circled to see the maroon Nissan Armada taking off with her daughter nonetheless inside, authorities stated.
“I had my keys in my pocket, and the one purpose I didn’t lock the door was as a result of I used to be in a residential, a pleasant neighborhood,” her mother stated of the car, which has a keyless ignition system. “I didn’t assume something like that may occur.”
However in a weird twist, Dekalb County police stated the DoorDash order really “seems to be pretend” and was possible a setup so as to steal the car, Fox5 Atlanta reported.
The story finally had a cheerful ending when the toddler was discovered protected and sound hours later — and a suspect was arrested.
“Thanks to all who shared, one-year-old Royalty Grisby has been positioned protected and returned to her mom,” DeKalb County police stated on Twitter shortly after three p.m. Thursday.
Malachi Richardson, 14, of Stone Mountain, was arrested Thursday afternoon in connection to the kidnapping, police stated.
No additional particulars had been supplied about his arrest — and it’s unclear whether or not he knew the woman was within the car.
Officers positioned the car round 9 a.m. in a close-by neighborhood.
A Levi’s Name — Georgia’s model of an Amber Alert — was issued to trace down Royalty.
Police had initially stated they believed two thieves had been concerned within the car theft, however no particulars had been supplied a couple of second suspect.
DoorDash stated in an announcement Thursday that they’re working with authorities to assist monitor down Royalty.
“We’re devastated by this totally heinous act and are actively working with the FBI and native legislation enforcement to assist carry this baby residence safely and the perpetrator to justice,” the corporate stated earlier within the day.
“We’re involved with Ms. Grisby to supply our assist and know that that is terrifying for her and her household. We urge anybody with details about this horrific incident to contact 911 instantly.”