VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. - Police captured the alleged abductor and carjacker of a littlegirl in Virginia Beach 500 miles from the scene early Thursdaymorning.
Mathew Nash, 24, was arrested near Syracuse, N.Y., at 4:30a.m.
Police there say they found Nash hiding alone in the woods.
"Once he realized he was caught he went along with noresistance," said Onondaga County Sheriff Kevin Walsh.
Detectives in Virginia Beach say Nash attacked a mother at a gasstation on Witchduck Rd., Wednesday morning and stole her minivanwith her 18-month-old daughter, Naomi, in the backseat.
Two hours later Nash allegedly dropped the child off in theparking lot of a hotel in Newport News. Two hotel guests saw thechild, brought her to hotel employees who called police. Newport News officers quickly realized the child was the samelittle girl mentioned in an Amber Alert being broadcast throughoutthe area.
Soon, little Naomi was reunited with her parents.
But, police say Nash was still on the loose.
"Virginia Beach detectives made a lot of phone calls and didsome research and found out that Nash had ties to that area in NewYork," said police spokesperson Margie Long. "And so theycontacted officials in Central New York and they were more thanwilling to help us. They searched throughout the night."
Several police agencies in Central New York searched for Nashand even spotted him a couple of times. At one point, policesay they were in pursuit of Nash, but they had to call off thechase because Nash was driving so dangerously.
Then, finally a chopper pilot with the Onondaga County Sheriff'sOffice saw Nash.
"They were able to pick him up with the infrared on the chopperin a wooded area," said Sheriff Walsh. "Our units surroundedthe area and one of our deputies was able to apprehend him."
Police say Nash had ditched the stolen minivan not far away.
Now, Nash is in jail in New York, awaiting extradition back toVirginia Beach to face charges of abduction and carjacking.
And, little Naomi is safe and sound with her parents.
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