For two hours in Manatee County early this morning, authorities searched for a stolen car that had a 5-year-old child in it, but found the vehicle and the child unharmed.
Charged with grand theft of an automobile and child abduction was Roberto Guerriero, 29.
Manatee County sheriff’s deputies said they got a call just before midnight from Maria Guadalupe Ortiz, the mother of child, who said she was at a party at 3213 Eighth St. E. in Bradenton and was in the process of leaving. She loaded her child into the car and walked away for a few minutes to get something, deputies said.
When she returned, she found her vehicle and child missing.
Sheriff’s deputies issued an alert with a description of the vehicle and the child, and at 2 a.m. deputies were flagged down by residents who had seen the suspect. Guerriero was detained and the vehicle located with the child inside, unharmed.