LONGMONT, Colo. — Police issued an Amber Alert Wednesday morning for 4-year-old Allen Chavarria-Rodriquez, who was in a vehicle that was stolen from a gas station in Longmont.
Shortly after 6:30 a.m., the kidnapping escalated into a high-speed chase that began on southbound Interstate 25 towards Denver, moved onto Interstate 76 towards Brighton and continued onto E 470 southbound.
Police later identified 29-year-old Ryan Stone as the suspect in the kidnapping and carjacking, who was taken into police custody after the chase — authorities said Stone has a long criminal history and considered him to be very dangerous.
Martha Rodriguez, the 4-year-old’s mother, told Longmont’s Times-Call she had gone into the gas station for a cup of coffee and saw Stone inside the store. After paying for her coffee, she left the store to find her vehicle and son missing.
She immediately returned to the store and reported the crime.
Raul Chavarria, the boy’s father, called Rodriguez when she was late dropping off their son — he said she answered the phone crying.
Longmont Police Detective Steve Desmond told the newspaper Stone left his ID in the vehicle he abandoned on I-76.
Chavarria-Rodriquez was reunited with his family late Wednesday morning at the Brighton police station, according to Longmont Police Department spokesperson Jeffrey Satur.
The 4-year-old told the Times-Call the car chase was fast and he cried a little, but Stone never spoke to him.
Satur said the boy was examined by medical professionals following the chase.
Both parents expressed gratitude for the law enforcement efforts to return their son to them unharmed.
Rodriguez said she wants to see Stone punished, but Chavarria wasn’t as stern.
“I don’t know what to say to that,” he said.
The mother will not face charges for leaving her son in the running vehicle, said Satur, as law enforcement did not feel she had been negligent in regards to her child.
“It is not like she left her kid in the car for hours on end,” he said. “She just parked outside the business and walked in and the guy jumped in the car. So, we’re talking maybe 15 or 20 feet.”