COLERAIN TOWNSHIP, OH (FOX19) - Three children taken in a stolen vehicle have been found safe and the suspect is behind bars awaiting arraignment, Colerain police say.
The children were in the back of a vehicle when the vehicle was stolen from a gas station Saturday afternoon, the Hamilton County Communications Center says.
It happened in Colerain Township at the Pit Stop at 2510 West Galbraith Road around 1:50 p.m.
Police say a father went into the convenience store, leaving 4-year-old Cameron Wells, 3-year-old Camiyah Fields, and a 1-year-old Laiyah in the vehicle when it was stolen.
Colerain Police identified the suspect is Howard Mullis, 33, of Cleves.
Police say the father saw the vehicle pulling out of the parking lot when he jumped in a vehicle with another person in an attempt to catch up with his stolen vehicle. Police say the father lost sight of the vehicle due to how fast the stolen vehicle was going near Blue Rock Road and the Springdale Connector.
An Amber Alert was issued for the missing children. The vehicle was then spotted by a witness in the parking lot of the Walmart on Colerain Ave.
Officers then located the children. They were found shortly before 5 p.m. at America's Best Contacts & Eyeglasses on Colerain Ave. near Ronald Reagan.
Mullis reportedly fled on foot, but investigators were then able to locate Mullis in a wooded area around 5:30 p.m.
He was arrested and confessed to the incident at the Colerain Township Police Department. He was transported to the Hamilton County Justice Center to await arraignment.
Mullis is facing charges of auto theft and kidnapping. He is scheduled to appear in court on Monday, March 5.