CHARLOTTE, NC (FOX 46 WJZY) - FOX 46 has exclusive video showing the moments leading up to a suspect torching a stolen car.
The video shows a tan Mercedes that police believe was used in two attempted abductions Tuesday morning. Police said during a press briefing Wednesday, that the car was stolen three days before the attempted abductions.
The car passed the station on Performance road heading toward Sam Wilson Road. Minutes later, the car drives past again, heading toward the woods where it was found.
“I’d love to sit here and tell you that we have an arrest in this case but we don’t, said Rob Tufano from the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department.
The first attempted abduction happened Tuesday morning around 7:45 on Moss Road. The second attempt happened a short time later around 8:30 on Dixie River Road. The car was spotted on FOX46 surveillance around 9:40 just before 911 was called about the fire.
“It’s something for us to be mindful of and be worried about. I mean quite frankly, anytime somebody is trying to destroy evidence that’s a problem and that makes our job that much more difficult, said Captain Cecil Brisbon.
Police flooded the area between I-85 and the National Whitewater Center with rifles in hand, searching for the suspect who police said Wednesday was still considered armed and dangerous.
“We had our dirt bikes, Enduro’s, our aviation unit, our lake patrol officers in plain clothes on patrol, you name it we had it,” Tufano.
Officers said the public should continue to be vigilant. When asked why the search appeared to stop Tuesday afternoon, police responded, “We put a tremendous effort into trying to locate that individual and continue to devote resources, time and staffing to locate that individual. You may have seen some shifting of strategy and resources yesterday as things were scaled back a bit but this is still a tremendous priority for this organization,” said Tufano.
Police are still asking anyone with information to call police or Crimestoppers with any information. They said even tips that may seem insignificant should be reported so they can investigate.