Illinois man accused of hijacking car with baby inside

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ATWOOD, Ill. (WCIA) — A man is accused of hijacking a car with a baby inside.

It happened this morning in Atwood. Police say a woman was putting her six-month old into her car, when 21-year-old Seth Tindle walked up, said someone was trying to hurt him, got in the car and drove off.

Police in Arthur found the car near railroad tracks. The baby wasn’t hurt. Officers arrested Tindle. They say he had meth and a syringe. His charges include aggravated vehicular hijacking, aggravated battery, meth possession and more.

He’s being held in the Douglas County Correctional Center.

Here is the full press release from Atwood Police:

“The Atwood Police Department was dispatched to the 300 block of Oak Dr., on Tuesday, September 25 at approximately 10:42 am, to investigate a vehicular hijacking.

The responding officer learned that a male approached the victim, from the house next door, while she was placing her six-month-old baby in her vehicle. The male, later identified as 21-year-old Seth Tindle, told the victim that someone was trying to harm him. Tindle then entered the vehicle and drove away with the baby in the back seat.

Local law enforcement agencies were advised of the situation and the vehicle information to attempt to locate. Officers from the Arthur Police Department, Bement Police Department, and Douglas County Sheriff’s Office responded to assist with this incident.

The Arthur Police Department later received a report that a vehicle was off of the roadway and near the railroad tracks at 100 E and 500 N. The vehicle matched the description of the one taken from Atwood. The baby was located in the vehicle, unharmed. Tindle was located a short distance away from the vehicle.

The baby was checked by the Arthur Fire Department first responders and Arthur Ambulance paramedics.

Tindle was found in possession of suspected methamphetamine and a syringe. While at the jail, Tindle struck a police officer while he was being booked.

Tindle was charged with aggravated vehicular hijacking, aggravated battery, possession of methamphetamine, aggravated driving under the influence, trespassing on railroad property, and other traffic offenses. Tindle is being held at the Douglas County Correctional Center until formal arraignment of his charges.

The house where Tindle was staying has had several calls involving the police. Atwood officers have made four arrests in the last five months at this residence.”

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